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letters Analysis of the standoff: There must be a better approach to resolution Instead of “APD resolves downtown standoff,” your cover teaser should have read “Visitor to Asheville maintains grip on his sanity, and chooses not to be gunned down in the street.” David Forbes’ article in last week’s Mountain Xpress [“Anatomy of a Standoff,” Sept. 7] failed to tell any part of the story from Kenneth Allison’s perspective. His problems in Hilton Head resulted from the authorities’ initial apathy for Allison’s pleas for attention to his situation. Later, those same authorities got revenge for being repeatedly bothered with a citizen’s requests for help. They went to his house, decided that the second amendment didn’t apply on Allison’s own property, which they stormed and found his “naughty weed.” He was not charged with any violent crime. The media and the Internet were then used to spread “news” of his possible violent tendencies. Do we want our police using Internet gossip to determine a person’s proclivity for violence? This is governmental cyber-bullying that resulted in very non-virtual weapons being aimed at Allison’s head. APD basically locked step with the Beaufort, S.C. Sheriff Department in the poor handling of Allison’s situation. Released from jail, Allison decided, “I’m moving to Asheville where they’re more tolerant!” It’s no surprise that he appeared befuddled when he (unarmed and non-violent) was suddenly surrounded by a SWAT team. I wouldn’t have moved a muscle either.

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correction In last week’s Small Bites, in an article concerning the restaurant’s closing, we mentioned the original owner of Ophelia’s (Mark Ware) but omitted the name of the party that owned the restaurant at the time of its closing. Ware sold Ophelia’s to Paul Farese approximately two years ago, and Ware is not responsible for any incident that occurred within the restaurant since that time. We apologize for the omission. If Allison had jumped out of his car with a cell phone or his wallet in his hand and been torn apart in a hail of gunfire, your paper (and our city) would have cried all over his grave. The bloodless outcome of this situation should not give credit or blessing to overbearing, paramilitary police tactics. Did any one of our cops or our citizens simply ask the man (who, like all of us has his own emotional burdens) if he needed some help? And, no I don’t mean through a bullhorn. My intent is not to criticize police officers, but the tactics used in this type of situation. It’s a predetermined and programmatic escalation of an otherwise non-violent crime (think Ruby Ridge and Waco). When we can no longer tell the difference between an occupying military force and our domestic constabulary, we

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“NO” to proposed Royal Pines annexation During this time of a fragile economy, a time of unprecedented double-dip recession, Asheville City Council has proposed to annex our hard working, middle-class Royal Pines neighborhood to supplement its budget. This would essentially double Royal Pines’ resident taxes. Raising taxes is a less efficient way to fix our economy. The city needs to prioritize its budget just like the rest of us. There are about 15 million Americans looking for work. According to a recent article I read in the [Asheville] Citizen-Times, “There are 1,452 homes in foreclosure in Buncombe County, and the number continues to skyrocket.” Most residents of Royal Pines are outraged and disgusted with the city’s proposed annexation. If enacted, this will only continue to add to our residents’ economic oppression. And, this approach will be of no economic value to Royal Pines residents. It’s a lose-lose situation for the city and Royal Pines. Please back off. I am canvassing the neighborhood with a petition against [the] proposed annexation — to an overwhelming response. And more are getting involved. I have listened to our residents’ economic hardships and struggles. We all stand against



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Proposed annexation puts city profits before people I live in Royal Pines — the area [in Arden] up for annexation. My house is valued at $135,600 by the county. I pay $711 in property taxes — not including the $107 for the fire department — all of which I pay out in $50 increments, starting with my first paycheck of each new year. By the time the bills go out in late August, I am all paid up. If I were annexed, I would have to pay almost $1,300 for a 900-square-foot house on one-fifth of an acre. I bought my house in 1993. I bought it because I knew this small house would amply satisfy my needs. I am 61 years old now and completely self-supporting, no relatives. After taxes I take home about $21,000 a year. I have a small home-equity loan, which I have used to make repairs on my house. I will work till I drop and happily so. The annexation proposal talks up capital improvements to Royal Pines that include the water system, city garbage pickup and an extra officer on duty. Sidewalks are hypothetical. Bus service is not even mentioned. After I heard about the annexation proposal, I did

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“Blue Dog” Shuler is still a puppy In the Sept. 1 Xpress interview with our ambitious Congressman, Heath Shuler [“Blue Dogs Rule?”], it seems [that he] wants to be the Speaker of the House when Congress next convenes. Quoting [Xpress reporter Jake Frankel]: “Asked whether he supports Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Shuler expressed interest in running for the position himself.” Later Shuler says: “So I haven’t ruled out the idea that I might not run [for Speaker].” The current Speaker, Nancy Pelosi of San



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Fransisco, is a 23-year Congressional veteran; her predecessor Dennis Hastert served in Congress for 16 years. And before that we had Newt Gingrich, who was a 19-year veteran. Shuler has spent a grand total of four years in the Congress. Other notable Speakers include the venerable Sam Rayburn, Tip O’Neill and Tom Foley. The Speaker is elected by a majority vote of the Congress. Does Mr. Shuler really think that the liberal Democrat leadership is going to elect a two-term rookie to lead their party and create the left’s agenda for the next two years, or is this just a ploy to garner votes and play to his ego? — J. P. Bailes III Hendersonville

Get to know Jeff Miller, Republican, for the 11th congressional district If you are unfamiliar with Jeff Miller, the Republican candidate for the 11th congressional district, or if you are confused as to whom to vote for this November, then I suggest that you log onto Jeff Miller’s Internet site, www. JeffMiller2010.com. You will discover the character and integrity of this fine man. After getting on his site, click “Enter.” Next click “News and Events.” Proceed to his video gallery, and scroll till you come across “CBS interview of HonorAir founder Jeff Miller.” Watching this interview will give you all the information and reasons you need to cast your vote for Jeff Miller for Congress. This can-do, commonsense conservative will work very hard to improve the economy of and bring jobs to Western North Carolina. You can trust him to always be on your side, working for the good of this wonderful district and the country that he so genuinely loves. — Susan Marker Hendersonville

What me, worry? Yes. To copy is not to flatter I do not usually read the cartoon “Land of This Guy.” However, the cartoon in the Sept. 8 edition of the Xpress caught my eye for its familiar cartoon style. The strips entire graphical style, down to the extended pinkies and single-tooth hobo are almost exact replicas of the work of former MAD and Cracked magazines’ cartoonist Don Martin. While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, wholesale stylistic borrowing deserves at least an acknowledgment of the style’s originator. — Keith Levi Asheville Brent Brown responds: In past strips, I have drawn in many styles that were visual homages to famous cartoonists. From the obvious R. Crumb, Neal Adams or Antonio Prohias takeoffs, to less recognizable Tom Wilson, Curt Swan or Jeffrey Jones impressions. Some are integral to the parody at hand and others have no bearing on it at all. It may be customary to append an “apologies to:__” note regarding the inspiration of the imitation, but I prefer the subtlety


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Rutherford County Animal Shelter: Shame on you! I am writing in regards to the recent temporary closing of the Rutherford County Animal Shelter. A representative from the shelter was on the news this week to announce that the state was forcing them to close temporarily to do some necessary maintenance on the facility. She mentioned that whatever animals remained there at the close of business on Sept. 3 would be euthanized. On Sept. 2, the Asheville Citizen-Times ran a very short article mentioning their closing and the possible euthanasia of the remaining 70 animals. To the best of my knowledge, this shelter made little or no effort to contact any of the other shelters or rescue groups in the area to see if they could take any of the remaining animals. I contacted the Animal Compassion Network on Sept. 2 and was told they first heard of the situation when they read the article in the paper and they immediately took action to see how they could help. I called the Community Pet Center [that was] mentioned in the AC-T article. The woman I spoke with said they work closely with the Rutherford County Animal Shelter and were notified by the shelter on Aug. 27 about the closure and they contacted WLOS and other forms of media to get the word out. It appears that the animal shelter made no effort to try and adopt out these animals. They didn’t extend their hours or reduce adoption fees to encourage people to adopt. (The Asheville Humane Society recently had a very successful free adoption event.) They don’t have a list of animals available for adoption

on their website, and they have seven animals listed on Petfinder, a fraction of the animals they actually have (27 dogs and seven cats). When my colleague called the shelter yesterday to ask about fostering a dog until they re-opened, the shelter was not interested. They were more concerned about getting rid of the animals permanently. What kind of a “shelter” is this? If this is their normal way of business, they need a new group of people managing it. A shelter that is not focused on the animals in its care should not be allowed to continue operating in such a manner. If the state is closing them for repairs it apparently has other issues as well. There are many shelters and rescue groups in the area willing to help as can be seen by the quick reaction of the Animal Compassion Network who responded as soon as they became aware of the problem. We thankfully live in an area with a huge amount of compassion for animals and to see this situation handled so poorly is very disturbing. Will anything change when they open back up? — Laurie Smith Arden

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Insidious invaders [are] in our midst. Find them in almost any vacant lot, climbing to the top of our beautiful trees. I refer, of course to the green trespassers that go by the un-English name of kudzu. Surely, volunteer organizers such as Quality Forward and United Way have not overlooked this menace. Perhaps it’s just easier to fish tires out of the French Broad than to admit the difficulty of eradicating the vine that is smothering our neighborhoods. Take a good look. Walk past the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church and the apartment buildings on the street near the University. There is a heretic worth attacking if there ever was one. Teams of half a dozen stalwarts on weekends could go a long way to stopping the encroachment before the seeds begin their harvest. A special kind of 2010 census could pinpoint the outbreaks to organize the strategic attack. — LeGrand Smith Asheville

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A key component of healthy school systems is the ability to train and retain excellent teachers. Like other districts nationwide, the Asheville City Schools often lose good teachers who are five to 15 years into their careers. In an effort to help keep teachers inspired, allow them to be leaders within the district and research new methods for addressing present challenges, the Asheville City Schools Foundation developed the Foundation Fellows program. Funded by a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the program aims to inspire and train excellent teachers while replacing lost professional-development funds. This year, 17 teachers have been awarded grants for projects taking a hard look at everything from elementary science instruction to re-visioning global education. Last year’s fellows developed ideas that helped their schools save money, enhanced students’ social discourse and developed localhistory lessons based on interviews, letters and other primary-source documents. Change that begins in the classroom can also seem more relevant, increasing faculty buy-in. To learn more about the Foundation Fellows, go to http://www.acsf.org.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency website, “The project will institutionalize sustainable policies to ensure that schools use more recycled and renewable products, that new appliances meet energy-efficiency guidelines, and that lunch programs include a greater share of locally grown foods.” This area is one of 20 “showcase communities” nationwide. Interested individuals can join Green Teams that will propose no- or low-cost initiatives for promoting sustainability both in the classroom and across the campus. To support these projects, the RRR collaborative is providing grants through the Asheville City Schools Foundation. For more information, check the sustainability section at ashevillehub.com.

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Childhood-nutrition workers face a daunting task: Producing complete, nutritious meals costing less than $1 per student per day.

Today’s public schools are expected to: keep all children safe at all times; teach them to read, write and calculate; ensure that they’re prepared to enter the work force; feed them twice a day; help them learn to be caring global citizens; teach them about their bodies and staying healthy; identify any emerging or existing physical, emotional, psychological or learning difficulties — and all this while satisfying fluctuating federal standards. Happily, Asheville is a community that cares about its children. Our schools are packed with parent leaders and passionate community members who work with school districts or serve on boards to help shape our schools and give kids the best possible experience. The Asheville City Schools Foundation is seeking nominations of individuals, community groups, nonprofits and businesses that are going above and beyond to help keep our schools vital. We invite you to share your story or tell us about an exceptional leader who’s

Over time, schools have taken on more and more of the responsibility for our children’s welfare. Increasingly, parents who can afford to are packing lunches for their children, thus reducing the revenues that help fund the lunch program. As a result, these meals just aren’t as nourishing as they need to be, especially for children lacking healthy food options at home. But food advocates including chefs Ann Cooper and Jamie Oliver are revolutionizing school lunches across the country; locally, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has been actively involved in the farm-to-school movement for years. Additionally, ASAP’s Chefs to Schools program is recruiting volunteer chefs to help integrate healthy food ideas into existing curricula. The Asheville City Schools Foundation is also supporting a partnership between Slow Food Asheville and the Asheville Middle School to teach young teens how to cook and eat healthy foods while learning about the relationship between food and community. Over the next few years, these innovative projects may dramatically change both our school lunches and the way schools talk about and engage with food. To learn more about these programs, visit www. asapconnections.org.

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Not so long ago, our schools were a place for learning, and the rest happened — or didn’t — at home. Over time, however, schools have taken on more and more of the responsibility for our children’s welfare.

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X Leah Ferguson is co-director of the Asheville City Schools Foundation and the mother of Oliver, a kindergarten student at Vance Elementary.

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Merchants, city, handicapped residents clash over downtown parking policy by David Forbes Walking the streets of Asheville on a cooling September afternoon, Joe Minicozzi points out parked cars bearing handicapped placards. Under state law, people with disabilities can park for free in unmetered on-street spaces; currently, the city doesn’t ticket or charge even those parking in metered spots. Minicozzi is executive director of the Asheville Downtown Association, whose complaint is that vehicles with handicapped placards are occupying metered spaces for days and even weeks at a time, preventing other potential patrons of downtown businesses from using them — and, argues Minicozzi, undermining the city’s intent in creating those spaces in the first place. “Go down in front of City Hall and see how many parking spaces are taken up like this,” he urges. “At the end of the day, it’s a subsidy:

“This looks like a case of gentrification, where rich and commerical concerns come in and try to nudge out the poor and less fortunate.” —

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Rylan Hanson

Someone’s getting something for free. It’s a convenience cost — these are the highest-turnover spots, so you pay more to park here. The prices were driven up here to drive cars to the decks, because that’s where you’re supposed to store cars.” The ADA, notes Minicozzi, has received complaints from local merchants, particularly those in the Grove Arcade. He displays a chart he’s made documenting handicapped-tagged vehicles left in the same space for extended periods. “Folks are complaining that someone’s leaving their car here for eight to 10 hours a day,” he reveals. “If you and I were doing that, people would complain. The merchants who are in these stores are looking out the windows and they want to see turnover, they want to see new cars and know more people are visiting. Meters are put on the street to drive the car to move.” The ADA, with backing from the Downtown Commission, has brought the issue to City Council. These groups want Asheville to follow the lead of

thelaw Here’s what state law (GS 20 37.6) actually has to say about handicapped parking: “Any vehicle that is driven by or is transporting a person who is handicapped and that displays a distinguishing license plate, a removable windshield placard, or a temporary removable windshield placard may be parked for unlimited periods in parking zones restricted as to the length of time parking is permitted. This provision has no application to those zones or during times in which the stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles is prohibited or which are reserved for special types of vehicles. Any qualifying vehicle may park in spaces designated as restricted to vehicles driven by or transporting the handicapped.”

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A solution? Battery Park residents Rylan Hanson, Sunny Early, Ande Fuller and Clarence Gray see gentrification in the push to put more disabled residents in parking decks, but they’re seeking a compromise solution to extend disabled parking. Photos by Jonathan Welch

Charlotte and other Tar Heel cities that require drivers with handicapped placards to feed the meters, hoping to encourage them to move to the nearest deck. Various downtown merchants contacted for this piece declined to comment, some saying they feared a backlash against their business.

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Some disabled downtown residents see the issue quite differently, however. Many have physical problems that make it impossible for them to use the decks. And in a lot of cases, these folks point out, they’re merely parking where they live. In particular, residents of the Battery Park Apartments, which provides subsidized housing for the elderly, have contacted city officials to register their objections to the proposed changes. A number of those residents sat down with this reporter recently to share their concerns. Sunny Early relies on a wheelchair and walker to get around. “We can’t run down there day and night and just put quarters in that meter,” she said. “We can’t afford [the parking deck]. We live here; this is our home. This was our home before [downtown developed]; nobody expected anything like this.”


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Handicapped: The city is reconsidering its policy, which has traditionally allowed the disabled to park in metered spaces free of charge. “It was our home before the Grove Arcade was renovated, before downtown became a hot property,” added Rylan Hanson. “This looks like a case of gentrification, where rich and commerical concerns come in and try to nudge out the poor and less fortunate. There’s only six [designated handicapped] parking spaces in downtown.” “I can’t walk to the end of the block and around — my legs just stop,” noted Franky Moore. And Clarence Gray maintained that while he understands the general frustration, disabled residents shouldn’t bear the brunt of the city’s lack of parking. “You ask anyone what they hate about downtown? It’s parking,” he declared. “But we have paid our dues, and we’re paying our dues.” It’s a complex issue where various needs and concerns collide head-on: competition for downtown’s limited parking, the changing nature of

storage. And the current approach, they maintain, isn’t just hurting merchants or other downtown patrons: It’s also costing the city money. Meters, he emphasizes, “pay for other city services: It’s a public infrastructure. When someone with a handicapped placard drives into the parking deck, they have to pay for parking. Why, when they use a different piece of public infrastructure, is it free for them?” Minicozzi estimates that the exemption costs Asheville about $160,000 annually; the city, however, has no figures on the amount of lost revenue. But for the Battery Park activists, revenue isn’t the only issue. “The city does not have a right to take away our parking spaces just because they think they’re going to make more money,” Early asserts. Gray, meanwhile, maintains that the lack of essential services downtown underscores these residents’

“We can decide every parking space should have pink flamingos on it; I don’t care. But have a public discussion, hear all of the issues ... and make a choice.” — Joe Minicozzi, Asheville Downtown Association the area, and different groups’ feelings about their rightful place in downtown life.

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The parking exemption in state law is “a little bit unclear: Different cities interpret it different ways,” City Attorney Bob Oast explains (see box, “Letter of the Law”). “A vehicle displaying handicapped placards can park in a metered space or a time-limited space for as long as they want to. But if that space is metered, the law doesn’t exempt them from having to pay. Historically, Asheville has not required activation of meters by handicapped vehicles.” Minicozzi and the ADA, however, believe there’s a difference between short-term parking at a specific destination and long-term vehicle

need to use their cars. “We don’t have doctors here in [down]town; we don’t have grocery stores in town; we don’t have entertainment in town that we can afford.” Asked if he thinks placards are being given out to people who aren’t legitimately disabled, Minicozzi says, “It is pretty easy to get one.” “Doctors are not always by the book in giving out handicapped stickers, and a lot of the time, sympathy plays a role in that,” Hanson concedes. “In some sense it’s commendable, but if parking solutions were provided, perhaps that wouldn’t be as much of a need.”

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by David Forbes Asheville may soon begin implementing energy-efficiency improvements in everything from streetlights to city buildings. City Council voted Sept. 14 to use $250,000 in federal stimulus funds to secure a $3.5 million bond issue that would pay for the upgrades. The stimulus funds would help the city get better terms on the deal and make initial payments on the debt. The $250,000 was originally earmarked for setting up a Property Assessed Clean Energy program to help residents make energy-saving improvements to their homes. Residents could borrow money from the city to make specified improvements and pay it back through a special tax assessment. But with state legislation to allow PACE programs caught in legal limbo, city staff looked at other ways to meet Council’s energy-efficiency goals. They laid out various possibilities, such as establishing an independent city fund to make energy grants to individuals (which wouldn’t offer the same advantages as a PACE program) or using the money to leverage additional grant funds. On a motion by Vice Mayor Brownie Newman, however, Council members opted for direct action on the city’s own energy and facility needs, funded by a bond issue. “I’m very disappointed we don’t have the legal authority to do [PACE],” noted Newman, a longtime advocate of green initiatives. In the meantime, he continued, “This will help achieve our own very ambitious energy goals. ... If we can’t create a community program, we can lead by example and show what can be done when an organization really commits itself to being energy-efficient.” LED street lamps alone, added Newman, could save the city about $400,000 a year. Council member Esther Manheimer, however, voiced a concern about light pollution. And Mayor Terry Bellamy — noting that she’d met with several energy companies, including Chevron, about other potential energy-efficiency projects — urged her colleagues to keep an open mind. “I’d ask that we take the opportunity to hear one or two of those presentations, so we can really know what some of the cost savings could be,” she recommended. Council member Bill Russell also endorsed the bond issue, saying, “It spreads the benefits out to our city taxpayers; we’re kind of setting a precedent.” Council unanimously approved proceeding with the bond issue, leaving it to staff to work out the exact terms of the deal.

Towering: Council decided to wait on considering an ordinance change that would allow cell-phone towers in more parts of residential areas. photo by Jonathan Welch

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A controversial proposal to allow cell-phone towers in residential areas, and a subsequent vote on a tower planned for Beaverdam, had been expected to dominate the meeting. U.S. Cellular, the developer of the Beaverdam project, requested 40 minutes for a presentation, and area residents, many of them opposed to the tower, turned out en masse. In any event, those votes never happened. But many residents voiced their opposition to the ordinance changes, which had to be approved before the Beaverdam tower could be considered. “The fact is, this is in our backyard,” Beaverdam resident David Hoffman told Council, asserting that the change would allow towers to be placed too close to people’s homes. According to City Attorney Bob Oast, the proposed changes — which include updated technical specifications and legal requirements for cell towers as well the residential expansion — are needed to bring the city’s ordinance in line with state and federal law. The latter prohibits municipalities from creating rules so restrictive that residents can’t access cell-phone services. And if gaps in service became too large due to restrictions imposed by the ordinance,

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the city could face a lawsuit, Oast warned. Increasingly complex and powerful cell phones, he added, require more towers, and given the region’s topography, that makes for a difficult situation. “We live in an era where cell phones are important, but there’s this aesthetic concern,” mused Newman. The proposed changes wouldn’t allow cell towers in currently occupied residential areas, but they would be permitted on private property that wasn’t being used for homes (such as the Lewis Memorial Park in Beaverdam). Manheimer (an attorney by trade) thought the provision about expanding into residential areas needed further consideration, and she moved to approve the ordinance without that provision.

met his initial demand by lifting the ban, saying, “We’ve got due process, and now all the people that have been kicked out of the park can get back in; I hope that’s an act of repentance from the city.” Nonetheless, he says he’s still limiting himself to 300 calories a day until the city accedes to some additional demands, such as repealing the panhandling ordinance, allowing people to carry signs asking for money, and setting aside an acre of land for camps for the homeless. Comparing the diet to how the Nazis fed concentration-camp prisoners, Chiaromonte told Xpress, “I look like Auschwitz,” adding, “The fact that I’ve still got energy proves God’s in charge.” According to city spokesperson Dawa Hitch,

“If we can’t create a community program, we can lead by example and show what can be done when an organization really commits itself to being energyefficient.” — Vice Mayor Brownie Newman Council members unanimously approved her motion while postponing decisions on both the residential expansion and the Beaverdam tower until the Oct. 26 meeting.

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Chris Chiaromonte, a homeless street preacher who goes by “Brother Chris,” is a familiar presence in the Council chamber, often claiming prophetic powers and excoriating elected officials for what he sees as their shortcomings. On this occasion, Chiaromonte reported that he’s in the midst of a 35-day fast to protest his banishment from public parks, which he maintains the city did for no good reason and with no way for him to appeal the decision. But he also acknowledged that the city had

Asheville has a “straightforward” appeals process: People banished from the parks simply send a request asking the Parks and Recreation director to revoke the ban. It was through that process, Hitch says, which has existed for years, that Chiaromonte was allowed back into city parks. Chiaromonte, though, told Council: “The panhandling ordinance is against legitimate First Amendment rights, and why can’t a busker put out a sign saying they want money? I’m five days short of 40 days; maybe I’ll go 80 days, like Moses.” X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at dforbes@mountainx.com.


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The men who chair the local Democratic and Republican Party organizations are a study in contrasts. Charles Carter and Chad Nesbitt couldn’t be more different — in their manner and their respective approaches to this year’s campaigns. But in many ways, both have come to personify the organizations they lead. Here’s a closer look at each of them.

Charles Carter

Tall, lean and with movie-star good looks, Carter seems relaxed as we talk politics at Mountain Java, the Merrimon Avenue coffee shop he owns. Born and raised in Buncombe County, Carter grew up on the campus of the Asheville School, where his father was athletic director for 40 years and his mother still serves as part-time librarian. Carter played various sports there and at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. After 18 months in Barcelona, he came home in 1993 to teach Spanish at North Buncombe High School. Although Carter grew up in a bipartisan, politically aware home, it was his classroom experience that pushed him into politics. Believing that his state senators weren’t addressing his students’ needs, Carter challenged Republicans RL Clark and Jesse Ledbetter himself. After narrowly losing in 1996, he outpolled both men in 1998, at age 31. He won a second Senate term two years later. Carter tries to focus on the basics: “You put education and business first, and you take care of your environment. I want everyone to buy into those [principles]; I want to help everyone see why those are so important to the candidates who are running under the Democratic Party.” The campaign trail taught Carter the value of a sound party structure. Teaching school all day and traveling the expansive district at night and on weekends, the candidate relied on the party to carry his message when

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he himself couldn’t. He’s been active ever since and, after the Democratic landslide of 2008, sought the post of party chair. With no presidential contest on the ballot in midterm elections, “You have to put so much more effort into voter turnout,” he notes. “That takes a lot of effort in terms of canvassing, phone-banking and organizing ... so the whole party is moving in one direction.” Carter says he’s proud of how the party’s sometimes disparate factions have largely put aside their differences to focus on electing Democratic candidates. He’s also quick to give credit to everyone except himself. “I think we recognized after this last election ... that we have a broad range of philosophies. The bigger your tent, the wider your views: You’re going to have progressives, you’re going to have conservatives. But at the end of the day, you bring everyone together to help one another win.” Will a progressive defection hurt Democrats’ prospects and, specifically, help Jeff Miller eke out a victory in the 11th Congressional District race, as many Republicans predict? “I hope that’s their strategy, because that’ll fail,” Carter says confidently. “I think progressives here recognize that while Congressman Shuler may not have voted on health-care reform the way they might have liked, he voted the right way on issues that are very important to them, particularly ‘cap and trade’ and the environment. Congressman Shuler has been a champion of keeping our region beautiful and clean … and that’s not something we’d get under Miller.” Are any local races a lock for the Democrats? “I consider every one of them as valuable as the next,” Carter says earnestly. “We’ve got to fight like we’re going to lose it — you never want to take any district for


granted.” The one subject that seems to get Carter noticeably irked is his Republican counterpart’s tactics. It’s Sept. 12 — the day after Nesbitt staged a controversial GOP fundraiser. “When you see a party chairman who uses the memory of 9/11 and the memory of the people who passed away to raise money for a partisan effort … I’m curious if the Republicans in Buncombe County really believe that’s a proper way to communicate with the voters and to participate in our democracy,” says Carter. Nesbitt, he continues, is “a great opponent for us. Is that really what you’re going to run on? That somehow if you continually drive wedges between people and between groups of people instead of working with people and building bridges … I’ll take that any day. ... Basically, the Carolina Stompers [a conservative activist group Nesbitt founded in 2007] have hijacked the Republican Party. It’s a pretty scary thing.”

Chad Nesbitt

After devastating losses in both the 2008 and 2009 elections, the local GOP turned to the former Carolina Stompers boss to lead the party to victory this fall. And true to form, he’s been stirring the pot. Xpress got a taste of Nesbitt’s combative style while preparing this article. After assuring us for days that he’d be glad to talk with us, Nesbitt turned a camera on this reporter and started making accusations before abruptly refusing to be interviewed. In the wake of that incident, Nesbitt assured another Xpress reporter that he’d be happy to talk but never returned repeated calls, leaving the paper to cobble together this portrait from other sources. Carter isn’t alone in condemning Nesbitt’s 9/11 fundraiser: Both Shuler and his Republican challenger, Miller, have criticized the self-proclaimed “street-fighting promoter” for it. Rather than apologizing, however, Nesbitt fired back on his party’s website, calling both men’s judgment and maturity into question and saying he’d taken “special delight in our Saturday event and will repeat the effort next year.” And if Carter shuns the limelight, Nesbitt apparently relishes the attention that seems to swirl around him constantly. With his trademark oily locks, country twang and cowboy boots, the squat, pugnacious GOP chairman pulls no punches in his frequent public appearances and YouTube videos — part of a “guerilla marketing campaign” that he hopes will bring Republican voters to the polls come November. Nesbitt appears to have his work cut out for him, however. Just over 27 percent of Buncombe County’s 175,209 registered voters are Republicans; about 44 percent are Democrats. The rest are unaffiliated. The last time a Republican was elected locally in a race in which all Buncombe County voters could weigh in was in 2004, but those hard realities don’t seem to faze Nesbitt, who’s betting on total victory for the GOP at all levels. In an interview last spring, he told then Xpress Managing Editor Jon Elliston that “Every race will be won” (see “From Stomper to Political Strongman,” April 7 Xpress). To Nesbitt, the fight seems to be more akin to a moral crusade: A recent ad he ran in the

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Asheville Daily Planet proclaims, “Politics is not about Republicans vs. Democrats, it’s about Good vs. Evil,” calling on the county’s registered Republicans to pony up $10 each to “fight this evil” so the party can “rescue Buncombe and stop the destruction of America.” And in a recent video, Nesbitt declared, “In order to defend ourselves against socialistic terrorism, we [Republicans] must have a large turnout of Buncombe County voters that believe in God and America.” Although his 9/11 event apparently failed to raise much money, Nesbitt, undaunted, is planning a cable-TV telethon for the crucial final weeks leading up to the election. “My goal,” he told Elliston, “is to make us $250,000 to $300,000 for the Buncombe County GOP. The estranged stepson of veteran state Sen. Martin Nesbitt, Chad grew up a Democrat but changed his affiliation a few years back, feeling the party had drifted too far to the left. He lives in Leicester with his wife and teenage daughter, whom he’s sometimes enlisted in pursuing his political goals. In a YouTube video timed to coincide with President Obama’s

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Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Oct. 2 Free Barbeque & Bluegrass Rally, John Sutton for Clerk of Court. Carrier Park Pavilion. Donations accepted. Tuesday, 6 p.m., Oct. 12 League of Women Voters candidate meet and greet, Reuters Center, UNCA. Asheville visit last April, Savannah Nesbitt says she “believes in the traditions of this country,” going on to ask Obama, “Why do you want to change it?” Former Asheville City Council member Carl Mumpower, a longtime friend, called Chad “a creative, well-intended and courageous GOP county chair.” Another prominent local Republican, however, made his dissatisfaction known in dramatic fashion: Asheville City Council member Bill Russell told Xpress last week that he’s leaving the party, which he said “shouldn’t engage in these kind of antics that demonize people. “It seems to me that some people are doing things to promote themselves over the party’s candidates, and they’re not bringing people together,” Russell explained. “None of that does anything to help the party, the process or the community in which we all live.” X Michael Muller can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 154, or at mmuller@mountainx.com.

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It was a bad week for the Buncombe County Republican Party. In an online post, Xpress reported that “Rappelling 9/11 Fundraiser Creates Fallout for GOP.” At the event, participants were invited to rappel down a 90-foot tower at the Bee Tree Fire Station and donors were asked to contribute $100 per rappel to raise money for the party and a local nonprofit. According to the article, the fundraiser and a video used to promote it that decried “socialistic terrorism” drew harsh criticism from a range of Democratic officials and some Republicans, including Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler and Republican challenger Jeff Miller. In a statement, Shuler called the event “one of the worst displays of politics” he’s ever seen. And in response, Miller released a statement agreeing that “no one should play politics with this tragic day. … It is not a time for politics.” Not everyone lambasted the event and its organizer, BCGOP chairman Chad Nesbitt, however. Carl Mumpower, who participated in the event, told Xpress that he thinks “Chad is a creative, well-intended and courageous GOP

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After-party: Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell left the Republican party, citing its “antics that demonize people” and “political games.” photo by Jonathan welch

County Chair.” Mumpower also went on to boast that he beat Nesbitt in a push-up contest at the event. “His push-up capacities are limited, and he let a 57-year-old beat him,” Mumpower joked. “We considered having a contest with some of our community’s liberal politicians, but then Chad and I remembered that progressives can’t do push-ups.” While it’s unclear as to how much money was actually raised at the event (“No one has any money,” Nesbitt told Xpress), the party responded to the criticism by asserting in a press release that it took “special delight in our Saturday event and will repeat the effort next year.” Nesbitt and the GOP also caught heat last week for raising questions about the legality of an early voting location near Shuler’s downtown Asheville congressional office (the questions

were found to be based on faulty information). In the online post “Board of Elections: GOP Concerns Over Legality of Early Voting Site Were Baseless,” Xpress reported that the board held two emergency sessions last week to deal with assertions by the party that a sign on Shuler’s office door could constitute a “political advertisement” that violated the required minimum 25-foot buffer between campaign activities and voting sites. Despite repeated claims by the GOP that the doors were only 18 feet apart, however, the board measured them at 25 feet, declaring the concerns mute. Asked at the Sept. 16 meeting where the shorter, alleged measurement came from, Nesbitt said “we were told it was within 18 feet.” “But you didn’t do your own due diligence?” he was asked. “No, that’s just what we were told,” Nesbitt admitted. In other potentially embarrassing news for the GOP, Xpress reported online that “Councilman Bill Russell Leaves the Republican Party.” While the Asheville City councilman didn’t directly cite Nesbitt or either of the recent incidents propelled by the county party in his decision, he told Xpress that “it seems to me that some people are doing things to promote themselves over the party’s candidates and they’re not bringing people together ... None of that does anything to help the party, the process, or the community in which we all live.” “I’m much more of an independent than what a Republican seems to be defined as these days,” he explained. “I want to serve Asheville as effectively as I can and I don’t want to have any part of these political games.” — Jake Frankel


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Green Homes Tour showcases eco-friendly houses now available by Susan Andrew Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to consuming finite resources. And amid the growing popularity of homes with a smaller carbon footprint, the WNC Green Building Council’s eighth annual Green Homes Tour will offer a look at some 20 environmentally friendly houses that are currently available (see box, “Take the Tour”). Slated for Sunday, Sept. 26, the tour will showcase homes in a variety of settings, including planned communities, infill development and traditional residential neighborhoods. These properties feature a wide range of green-building techniques, such as solar hot-water systems, nontoxic materials, indoor air-quality innovations and new energy-efficiency strategies. Also on display will be a pair of LEED-certified homes: the first one in Western North Carolina and the first one within the Asheville city limits. The latter structure, notes local builder Dave Boyd, also emphasizes what he

calls “eco-affordability,” achieved by “reallocating resources to increase sustainability and reduce the footprint, all while minimizing cost.” Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification provides an internationally recognized third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built to conserve energy and water, reduce CO2 emissions, improve indoor air quality and consume fewer resources. The self-guided tour covers a wide area. Participants can choose to focus on homes in Asheville or venture as far afield as Hendersonville, Leicester, Hickory Nut Gap and Bakersville. This year, organizers have pushed up the date to avoid competing with the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes. Maggie Leslie, program director for the WNC Green Building Council, calls the tour “a great opportunity for people to see green features installed, ask questions about perfor-

Coming home to Gaia: This duplex in the Gaia community off Shelburne Road in West Asheville offers HealthyBuilt certification and solar hot water, plus access to a central community organic garden and a native rhododendron-lined creek. photo by Mike Figura

mance, and learn firsthand about the experiences of [local] builders and homeowners.” But you don’t have to be in the market for a home to enjoy the tour, she emphasizes. “Anyone interested in this market [can] see many green homes all at once. It’s a great opportunity for our many builder- and Realtor-members committed to ‘green’ who are working hard during the market downturn.” And while many traditional builders in the region have struggled to stay viable in the current housing market, the Council hasn’t seen much slowdown in the number of HealthyBuilt Homes (a state certification program) being built here, she reports. “Many builders that are still active here recognize the value of the green certification in differentiating their homes on the market,” says Leslie, noting that certified green homes at a certain price point are selling faster. According to local real-estate agent David Mosrie, a Green Building Council member, nearly half of all newly constructed houses sold within the Asheville city limits in 2008 and 2009 were certified HealthyBuilt. In 2008, 12.5 percent of all building permits issued in Buncombe County were for HealthyBuilt Homes, and the ones in Asheville that were priced under $500,000 sold nearly twice as fast as their traditional counterparts. Jody Whitehurst of Town and Mountain Realty, who has a West Asheville listing included in the tour, says certified green or HealthyBuilt homes “sell much faster and at a better price than the same home that is not

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[certified], because the demand is higher than the supply” right now. “It’s value-added, especially if it’s infill between two bungalows from the ’20s with the old windows and so on,” he continues. And while the older housing offers charm, says Whitehurst, new construction delivers improved energy efficiency, better indoor air quality and less maintenance — and can have character too. But even green builders aren’t entirely insulated from the broader market downturn, notes Mike Figura of MOSAIC Community Lifestyle Realty, who has two houses on the tour. He cites the example of Gaia Village, a 2.5-acre planned community in West Asheville that was billed as a sustainable development. Begun in 2008, Gaia suffered a setback when the original developer wasn’t able to complete the project. A second developer is expected to be coming on board soon to finish up, Figura reports. X Susan Andrew can be reached at sandrew@ mountainx.com or 251-1333, ext. 153.

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ecocalendar Calendar for September 22 - 30, 2010 The Economics of Solar (pd.) Make money from sunshine! Join us for a free, fun and informative solar energy workshop and learn how solar energy can benefit your home or business. • Appetizers and beverages provided. Presented by First Light Solar. • Tuesday, September 28, 6pm-7pm. Earth Fare South, 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC • RSVP: events@flsenergy.com or call (828) 350-3993. www.firstlightsolar.com Asheville Green Drinks A networking party that is part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. Meets to discuss pressing green issues at Tressa’s, 28 Broadway (upstairs). Info: www.ashevillegreendrinks. com. • THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Program with guest speakers. Canary Coalition This broad-based regional grassroots clean-air advocacy movement involves all elements of the community in effecting legislative and regulatory action on the state and federal level, and is organizing large events to mobilize and display public support for clean air. Info: 631-3447 or www.canarycoalition.org. • TH (9/30), 7pm - Talk and discussion with Avram Friedman at Jubilee on Wall Street in Asheville. Chimney Rock State Park Open daily, weather permitting. For additional info, including admission rates: www.chimneyrockpark.com. • SA (9/25) - Naturalist Series: Birding. Learn all about birds, from how to spot and identify them to how to provide the right food and shelter. No additional cost with park admission. • SA & SU (9/25 & 26) - Flock to the Rock. Guided walks with area ornithologists, visits with rehabilitating birds, a backyard birding program and activities. The weekend marks the annual hawk migration over the area. No additional cost with park admission. ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. Located at 121

Third Ave. W. Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or www. eco-wnc.org. • SA (9/25), 9am-1pm - Big Sweep Community Stream Cleanup Day, in conjunction with NC Big Sweep. Call ECO or the event coordinator at 692-3379 to join a team. RiverLink Events RiverLink, WNC’s organization working to improve life along the French Broad, sponsors a variety of riverfriendly events. Info: 252-8474 or www.riverlink.org. • SU (9/26), 10:30am - RiverLink will host a picnic by the French Broad River to mark World Rivers Day. There will be canoe trips, a potluck luncheon and more at the Asheville Outdoor Center. Executive Director Karen Cragnolin will give a speech on the River District and its history. $10 suggested donation for a canoe ride. Solar Power Session • WE (9/22), 5:30-6:30pm - Sundance Power Systems will discuss solar hot-water and electric technologies and design plus financial incentives at Black Bear Coffee, 318 Main St., in Hendersonville. Free and open to the public. Info: 645-2080. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or www.wildwnc.org. • SA (9/25), 5:30-8pm - After-hours photography walk through the Nature Center. Open to both amateur and professional photographers who are 18 years of age and older. $35 nonresidents of Asheville/$30 residents/$25 members.

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Xeriscaping is becoming more and more popular — but what is it? The word xeros is Greek for “dry.” And “scaping,” obviously, comes from landscaping. Add them together and you get xeriscaping. You likely get the idea, too. Xeriscaping is a landscaping concept that allows for the minimization of water use in the garden. One would think that, being a gardener, I would enjoy listening to the hose drench my beloved plants with water. Not so. I plant, I weed, I fertilize, but I pretty much expect my garden to get most of its water needs straight from the heavens — or, at the very least, from one of my husband’s many irrigation systems. Watering is one garden task I do not like. So as soon as I discovered xeriscaping, I decided I am definitely a xeriscapist (I just made the word up, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be one too). Xeriscaping is not a new concept. Following the drought of 1977 in the western states,

A dry patch: Xeriscaping is perfect for spaces beneath overhangs that might not get too much rainfall, as is the case with this sedum patch next to the Haywood Community Library. Photo by Cinthia Milner

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and with the knowledge that almost 50 percent of the water used by America’s average household was going to lawn maintenance (now that’s a jaw dropper that should convert just about everybody), a task force of the Denver Water Department, in conjunction with Colorado State University, coined the word — and concept — of xeriscaping. As with most concepts derived from task forces, it may appear more complicated than it is. If you research xeriscaping, you’ll discover there are major benefits, certain principles and planning involved. That’s all very good, but the basic concept is simple — cut back on the turfgrass, plant more drought-resistant plants and garden in a way that reduces your overall water usage. This also reduces your overall water bill. Not so hard, eh? The lawn is the first area you need to consider when xeriscaping. You want to minimize grassy areas as much as possible. In some areas of the country where water is really at a premium, the towns are actually paying people upwards of $500 to get rid of their lawns completely. (Asheville, are you listening?) A lawn is not a natural thing (and this is coming from the woman who read A History of Lawns from cover to cover). Yet, we Americans are desperately in love with our green, green grass of home. I admit to being smitten myself. As I type, my husband mows. However, my

lawn is a little deceptive. If you look closely you’ll see only a small part of it is actually grass. Along the split-rail fence, down steep inclines, under trees and shrubs, and bordering all the garden beds are ground covers, which eliminates the need for weed-eating. Pachysandra (both Japanese spurge and the native Allegheny spurge) grow like mad there. Common Bugleweed, or Ajuga, also grows, mixed in with the spurge. The Bugleweed produces beautiful blue flowers in June, then my husband mows over it when the flowers are spent. These ground-covers don’t need the fertilizing and watering that a beautiful green lawn does. The Pachysandra is an evergreen. The Bugleweed, purplish in color, dies back some, but can be invasive. It is easy to weed however, so pulling up clumps you don’t want is a fairly simple task. Another area of our lawn has returned to meadow. We simply stopped mowing it one year, and I scattered wildflower seeds around, but I needn’t have. Seeds lying dormant for years suddenly grew. We are now gifted each fall with asters and queen-of-the-meadow. Milkweed attracts butterflies in the summer, and self-sown poppies form a perennial border and are a standout in spring. This area is never watered and is only mowed in late fall. If not grass, then what? Plants, of course, but also patios and pathways that are laid in


gardeningcalendar Calendar for September 22 - 30, 2010 Botanical Gardens at Asheville This 10-acre nonprofit nature preserve at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. (next to UNCA) is dedicated to preserving and displaying the native flora of N.C. Info & event registration: 252-5190 or www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org. • WE (9/22), 9:30am-Noon - “Invasive and Exotic Species,” a discussion with naturalist Jay Kranyik. Meet in the Butler Room. $5 members/$7 nonmembers. • SU (9/26), 2-3:30pm - “Planting for Fall Color,” a workshop with Linda Blue. Learn about native trees, shrubs and vines that will add color to your fall landscape. $5 members/$7 nonmembers. Registration required. Pearson Community Garden Workdays • WEDNESDAYS, 3-9pm - Gather in the Pearson Garden at the end of Pearson Drive in Montford with folks and grow some food. A potluck and produce to take home often follow the work.

sand to prevent storm water run-off. Plant native plants as much as possible. Indigenous plants are adapted to your area, giving them a head start over exotics that might require a lot of watering. However, there are lots of plants to choose from that are drought resistant — the key to xeriscaping is picking plants that are not dependent on a lot of water, after all. If you’re thinking, “I’m not getting rid of my hydrangeas,” well, don’t worry, neither am I. Try the native oakleaf hydrangea. When my Annabelles and macrophyllas droop from lack of water, my oakleaf thrives. Succulents, like hardy sedums, are a great choice for particularly dry areas. After a retaining wall collapsed at my house, I re-did one of the newly rebuilt beds in sedums. I’ve been rewarded with bright foliage and beautiful delicate flowers, no watering and minimal attention. The sedums actually grow right up under the house awning, where rain doesn’t reach.

Plant Clinics Buncombe County Master Gardeners will be available to look at plant problems and pests and answer gardening questions. Info: 255-5522. • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 11am-2pm - The Master Gardeners will be set up at the WNC Farmers Market in the breezeway between the retail buildings and on duty at the Compost Demonstration Site in front of Jesse Israel & Sons Garden Center.

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It’s best to group your plants according to water needs, to make watering more efficient. Use drip lines and soaker hoses instead of sprinkler systems. Drip lines and soaker hoses deliver water right to the root line of the plant, and less water will be lost. Also, mulch around plants and in beds to keep soil temperature and moisture more consistent, losing less water to evaporation. Maintain your beds, removing weeds that compete for water. Mulching and weeding around your existing beds can conserve almost 25 percent of your water usage. So what is xeriscaping? In short, a concept that promotes less water-thirsty grass, more appropriate plantings, improvement of the soil and efficient irrigation, all in a effort to save water — which could add up to a 50 to 75 percent water-usage savings per home. Can’t beat that.

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harvesting and curing, and saving your own seed garlic. Presented by Christopher Fielden of Red Wing Farm. To register email or call6938557 ext. 102. Space is limited. Blue Ridge Pride An all-volunteer organization that strives to be inclusive of all LGBTQ populations, families and friends. Info: www. blueridgepride.com. • FR (9/24), 11pm - Start Pride Week off at O’Henrys, 237 Haywood St. Divas will compete for the 2010 Ms. Blue Ridge Pageant title. $5 cover. Want to participate, see www.nataliesmalls.com for details. • SA (9/25), 10am - Run/ walk at Carrier Park. For the serious runner or the fun-atheart walker, everyone can find their pace. Check-in at 9:30am. Suggested donation of $5. • WE (9/29), 6:30pm - Ice cream social benefitting

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Loving Food Resources at The Hop. Bring in 5 canned goods and get free ice cream. • TH (9/30), 8pm - Comedy night at Tressa’s Downtown Blues and Jazz. $5 cover. Carolina Steel and Wheel Auto Exhibit • FR & SA (9/24 & 25), 9am-8pm - The first annual Carolina Steel and Wheel Classic and Custom Car and Motorcycle exhibit will be held at the Asheville Civic Center, 87 Haywood St. $10. Visit www.carolinasteelandwheel.com for entry, vendor, admission and other information. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or www.firestormcafe.com. • FR (9/24), 5pm - Stand Up Against Poverty. An opportunity for people to take meaningful action to help those struggling in poverty around the world. Haywood Street Congregation Clothing Closet • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am1:30pm - Clothing closet open to persons in need at 297 Haywood St., Asheville. Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or www. landofsky.org. • WE (9/22), 1pm - Meeting at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council offices, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140. Planned Parenthood of Asheville Clinic and offices are at 603 Biltmore Ave. Emergency contraception is available. Info: 252-7928. • WE (9/29), 5:30-7pm Education Series: Film review and discussion of the movie Precious at UNCA’s Reuter Center, the Manheimer Room RC102A. RSVP: ext. 6241. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (9/24), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Crossroads,” with Dr. Sarah Judson at Lipinsky Auditorium —- “Civil Rights/ Black Protest Thought,” with Cathy Whitlock in the Humanities Lecture Hall. • MO (9/27), 11:25am - Humanities Lecture: “Best Selling Authors, Cross Dressing Warriors, and Other

Uppity Women of the Middle Ages,” with Dr. Cynthia Ho at Lipinsky Auditorium. • TU (9/28), 4pm - “The Death of Beauty and its Retrieval via Merleau-Ponty, Cezanne, and Klee,” with Dr. Galen A. Johnson in Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. Seeking Nominations for City Schools Champions • Through FR (10/1) - Nominate unsung heroes who work in Asheville City Schools as parent leaders, representatives of organizations or causes or who work directly with students. Every nominee will be recognized and a few will be selected as Champions. Nomination forms: www.acsf.org. The French Broad River MPO A partnership between local and state governments that makes decisions about transportation planning in urbanized areas. Info: www. fbrmpo.org. • TH (9/23), 12:30pm MPO, TAC and TCC meeting at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council offices located at 339 New Leicester Highway., Suite 140 in Asheville. Public comments will be taken for the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan during the meeting. WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • TH (9/23) through SA (9/25) - Wings Over the Smokies Honda Goldwing Rally.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Attention Asheville Cajuns! (pd.) Do you want to “pass a good time” with other local Cajuns? Do you want to hear Boudreaux/Thibodeaux stories and talk about crawfish, Zydeco, and all things Cajun? We know y’all are out there! • Email us and let us know if you’d like to get together for a cup of dark roast coffee or a “hurricane” on a monthly basis. We’ll share music and drinks and some laughs while we talk about our Gulf Coast home. ashevillecajuns@yahoo.com. Arise & Shine Toastmasters Through participation in the Toastmasters

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weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Attend "Zines on Toast" Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48

wed Commerce St., Asheville. Readings by Alex Wrekk, the author of Brainscan and zinesters Isy Morgenmuffel, Edd Baldry, Nat Last Hours, Tom Fiction and Steve Larder. Donations will be accepted. Info: 255-8115.

The Asheville Food & Environmental Film Festival hits town Wednesday, Sept. 22, through

thur Saturday, Sept. 25. The festival will feature 17 international films (15 Asheville premieres) that

focus on solutions regarding food and environmental issues, plus farm dinners, local cooking demos and tastings, live music and special guests. For a complete schedule: freshasheville. com.

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Black Mountain's Studio 103 Fine Art Gallery, 103 West St., will host an artist reception for Ben Betsalel and Becca Midwood Friday, Sept. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. Work by Betsalel, along with paintings by Midwood, will be on display through Oct. 27. Info: studio103fineartgallery.com.

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Head to Swannanoa Saturday, Sept. 25, for the fourth annual Mill Around the Village Bluegrass Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Beacon Village. In addition to bluegrass music, enjoy other Appalachian specialties, old-timey games and foods prepared by costumed locals. Info: millaroundthevillage.com.

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Heritage Craft Weekend, featuring craft demonstrations and juried crafts vendors, plant sales and musical performances, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. The event is free, however there is an $8 parking fee per vehicle. Info: 665-2492 or ncarboretum.org. The public is welcome to attend a Humanities Lecture at UNCA titled "Best Selling Authors,

mon Cross Dressing Warriors, and Other Uppity Women of the Middle Ages," with Dr. Cynthia Ho, on

Monday, Sept. 27 at 11:25 a.m. at Lipinsky Auditorium. UNCA is located at 1 University Heights. Info: unca.edu.

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A demonstration and discussion with Hunab Kru breakdancers will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Hop, 640 Merrimon Ave. DJ Brett will play music for this family-friendly event. Info: 254-2224.

Communication and Leadership program, people from all backgrounds learn to effectively speak, conduct a meeting, manage a department or business, lead, delegate and motivate. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:308:30am - Meeting in the University Highsmith Building at UNCA.

Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club Meets once a week to enhance speaking skills both formal and impromptu. Part of an international proven program that takes you through the steps with fun along the way. Network with interesting people of all ages and professions. Guests welcome. Info: www. blueridgetm.org or (808) 937-7206.

• MONDAYS, 12:20-1:30pm - Meeting. FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon. Info: 859-9021 or www.fence.org. • SU (9/26), 4pm - Armchair Traveler: Cynthia Terwilliger will take armchair travels on a tour of several local waterfalls. Financial Therapy Groups • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - Try out new ways of living and of being, supported by others with similar circumstances, for the collective wisdom of the group to enlighten all, while lightening the burden of each. $8. Info: www.financialtherapygroups.com. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or www.firestormcafe.com. • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Firestorm-Blitzkrieg Game Night. Bring your favorite game or come to play someone else’s. • WEDNESDAYS, 5pm - Asheville Cop Watch. Join

fellow Asheville residents to promote civilian police oversight and review. Helios Warriors Health Care Program for Veterans A nonprofit alternative therapy program for veterans. Info: 299-0776, info@helioswarriors.org or www.helioswarriors.org. • FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS - Offering complementary/ alternative therapies. Needed: professional licensed/insured practitioners who would be willing to offer a min. of 3 hrs./month of their service. Land of Sky Toastmasters Your success in business is based on how effective you are. Through participation in the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program, people from all backgrounds learn to effectively speak, conduct a meeting, manage a department or business, lead, delegate and motivate. $10/month. Info: www.landofskytoastmasters.org. • TUESDAYS, 7am - Meeting at the Hilton in Biltmore Park. NAACP

The NAACP works to insure the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of minority groups and citizens. Info: 281-3066. • TH (9/30), 6pm - General membership meeting at 91 Patton Ave. for the purpose of electing the nominating committee.

Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • MONDAYS, 9:30-11:30am - Easy Bridge Workshops. Each session stands alone and will have handouts and practice sessions for each topic covered. $7/lesson.Info: 693-5361. • TUESDAYS, 9-11:30am - Easy Bridge lessons. Don’t have to have a partner to attend. $6/lesson. Info: 7772595. Peacetown Meeting • TU (9/28), 6:30pm - Held at the Top Floor Studio office, 58.5 N. Lexington Ave. Info: www.topfloorstudio.com/ index.php?/directions.html. Restoration Car & Bike Show


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• FR (9/24) & SA (9/25) - The annual event will begin with a prayer rally on Fri., at 5 pm. Events on Sat. begin at 10am and feature classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, food and family fun. Plus, a raffle and silent auction. Held at Faith Family Church of Asheville located at 671 Sand HillRoad. Info: 7340894 or www.faithfamilychurchasheville.com. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. Info: 252-8154 or www. ashevillescrabble.com. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Meets at Books-A-Million in Asheville. Also meets at Barnes & Noble on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. We have all the gear; just bring your vocabulary. No dues the first six months. WNC Community Media Center • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Want your own radio or TV show? Attend a free orientation at the WNC Community Media Center. Info: www. urtv.org/index.php/coursesequipment. Youth OUTright A weekly discussion group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-23. Each week a new topic and activity will be led by at least two trained facilitators. Straight allies are also welcome. Info: www.youthoutright.org. • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm - Meets at the Jefferson House, adjacent to the Unitarian Universalist Church (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets) at 21 Edwin Pl.

Government & Politics Buncombe Democratic Party Coffee Nights • TUESDAYS, 6pm - Coffee and political updates on the 2010 elections. Find out how you can make a difference. Meet at Buncombe Democratic HQ. Directions: www.buncombedems.org. Elaine Marshall Meet & Greet • SA (9/25), 9-11am - Elaine Marshall will hold a meet & greet at Mountain Java on Merrimon Ave —11am-1pm - Marshall will be at Lake Louise Community Center. Events at Warren Wilson College Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and held in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. Info: 298-3325. • TH (9/23), 6:30pm - The 2010 Andy Summers

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Memorial Lecture, featuring Professor Jim Lenburg, who will speak on “Two Views of China’s Human Rights Record.” Haywood Peace Vigil • WEDNESDAYS, 4pm - The peace vigil is held at the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville. Info: www.unitedforpeace. org. Henderson County Republican Women • 4th TUESDAYS, 11:30am1:30pm - Meets at The Cedars, Hendersonville. $14. To RSVP, send a check payable to Eve Gregg, HCRWC, 236 Greenleaf Drive, Flat Rock, N.C. 28731, memo “Cedars.” Must be received one week prior to meeting. LibertyOnTheRocks.org A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - The Liberty on the Rocks social meets at El Chapala Restaurant off of Merrimon Ave. Info: infinitybbc@gmail. com. Transylvanians for Peace • SATURDAYS, Noon - The peace vigil will be held in front of the courthouse in Brevard. Info: www.unitedforpeace.org. Women in Black • FRIDAYS, 5-6pm - Stand weekly at the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville in a public expression of grief for the violence involved in war. Express support for the people of Gaza and for the humanrights activists who have died trying to deliver aid. Info: 242-5610.

Seniors & Retirees Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: www.pardeehospital. org or 692-4600. • TUESDAYS (through 9/28), 1-3pm - Health Insurance Guidance. North Carolina Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselors will help retirees with Medicare supplement options, health insurance and long term care. Fitness at North Asheville Community Center An exercise group welcomes new participants interested in fun exercise. Come get healthy, and it’s free, too! No discrimination against younger participants.

• MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9-9:45am - Exercise. Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, ages 55 and older. Weather permitting, they play year-round. Info: 698-3448 or www. LJRsoftball.com. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS - Daytime games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville (AprilOct.) and Leila Patterson Center in Fletcher (Nov.March). Start times may vary with season. N.C. Center for Creative Retirement Unless otherwise noted, these events and classes are held in the Chestnut Ridge Room at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Info: 251-6140. • FR (9/24), 11:30am - Fab Fridays: “Golden Sex in the Golden Years,” with Dr. Kelly Wolfe in the Manheimer Room, Reuter Center.

Animals Animal Compassion Network WNC’s largest nonprofit, safe-for-life animal welfare organization. Find a new pet at ACN’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, 803 Fairview St., Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 274-DOGS or www.animalcompassionnetwork.org. • SATURDAYS, 11am-3pm - Adoption Days, meet all available pets. Asheville Kennel Club Membership is open to everyone interested in purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership. Info: 2584833 or www.ashevillekennelclub.com. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Breed Handling Classes. Learn how to present your purebred dog in the Show Ring. Meets at the US Army Reserve Center on Louisiana Ave. Open to the public. Details and map on the website. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue A no-kill organization. Info: 505-3440 or www.bwar.org. • DAILY, 8am-8pm - Pet Adoption Day at the rescue center, 31 Glendale Ave. Open from 8am-6pm on Sundays. • WEDNESDAYS 6-8pm & SATURDAYS, Noon-4pm - Animal Adoption Day at PetSmart Asheville, 150 Bleachery Blvd. Buncombe County Animal Services The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division offers low-cost vaccination clinics. Rabies shots: $10. Combo shots: $15. Microchips:

$10. To receive a three-year rabies vaccine, bring the one-year certificate. Please bring restraints for pets. Info: 253-1195. • SA (9/25), 9am-Noon - At Superpetz on Brevard Road —- 2-4pm - At Tractor Supply on Monticello Road. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/ neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: 693-5172 or www.communitypartnershipforpets.org. • 1st & 4th SATURDAYS, Noon-3pm - Purchase your Spay/neuter vouchers at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville (at the Kmart entrance). $20 cats/$30 dogs. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or www.firestormcafe. com. • SA (9/25), 1pm - Animal Rights Reading Group: Join others to read varying perspectives for a deeper understanding of animal rights and our capacity for action. Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Rescue FMF is a wolfdog rescue organization and sanctuary south of Black Mountain. Info: 664-9818 or www. fullmoonfarm.org. • SA (9/25), 3pm - Howlin and open house at Full Moon. Go on a tour of the sanctuary. Potluck at 5pm. $5 donation includes main dish and soft drinks. Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 9663166, taagwags@citcom. net, www.taagwags.org or www.taag.petfinder.com. • SATURDAYS, 11am4pm - Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden. View adoptable animals on the website or at www.facebook.com/ TAAGwags.

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• TU (9/28), 6-9pm - “Growing Herbs and Native Plants” Learn tips and techniques for growing herbs and native plants. At Piedmont Community College. Free. • TH (9/30), 6-8pm - “Sourcing Quality Herbal Material.” $5. Held at 126 Ramsey, Madison Campus. • TU (9/28), 6-9pm - “Crisis Communication: Whatever You Do Not Anticipate, Will Happen” in room 2046 of the Small Business Center at the Enka site. Info: 2541921, ext. 5857. Free. To register: http://abtech.edu/ ce/registration/default.asp.

Technology Western Alliance Center for Independent Living Located at 108 New Leicester Hwy., Asheville. Info: 298-1977 or www. westernalliance.org. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - Give your computer a second life by donating it to Western Alliance to benefit people with disabilities. Donations are tax deductible.

Volunteering Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc.org or 253-1470. • The Mentors and Matches after-school program, which requires an one-hour perweek time commitment, seeks volunteers to work with elementary students ages 6-14. Activities include helping with homework, playing educational games, making art and more. Info: www.bbbswnc.org. CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care Volunteer Training Classes • THURSDAYS (9/23 through 10/28) - Free training classes for those interested in volunteering. Volunteers work with terminally ill patients and their families, do administrative support, and help with special events. CarePartners Solace, 21 Belvedere Road, Asheville. Info: 255-0231. Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or www.nps. gov/carl.

• Seeking dynamic volunteers to work at the park’s historic barn area and develop education programs. Training provided. Community Garden • FRIDAYS, 3-6pm Volunteers are needed to help maintain a garden that supplies food for weekly community meals. Come join a group of people who love to get down and dirty. Info: (864) 557-2204. Free Help for Nonprofit Organization • Organizer with 30+ years experience and multitude of skills seeks new project. Convince me your nonprofit is worth my time and I’ll devote myself to it wholeheartedly. E-mail playfulpagancrone-newproject@ yahoo.com with info about your organization and needs. Friends2Ferals • DAILY - Cat-loving volunteers are needed to help homeless cats. Duties include trapping, transporting to and from the Humane Alliance, post-surgery care, fostering kittens and fundraising. Info: 505-6737 or www.friends2ferals.org. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www.handsonasheville.org or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • TH (9/23), 5:30-7:30pm - Meals for Hope. Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. • SA (9/25), 10am-1pm - In the Garden: Help prepare the Emma Community Garden planting and harvest —- 35pm - Help make “lovies” blankets for premature babies served by Mission Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Instructions provided. • SU (9/26), 2-4pm - Knitn-Give: Make hats for newborns served by the Health Center’s Community Health Program. • MO (9/27), 7-8:30pm - Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center. The center provides free lodging for families from out of town who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. • TU (9/28), 6-8pm - Help sort and pack food at MANNA FoodBank to be given to agencies serving

hungry people in 17 WNC counties. • TH (9/30), 4-6pm Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. Helpmate Provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families in Buncombe County. Info: 254-2968. • Seeking volunteers to help with hotline advocacy (bilinguals needed), reception assistance, childcare, building/grounds work and fundraising. People of color encouraged to volunteer. Training required. Info: 2542968, ext. 12 or cprice@ helpmateonline.org. OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling Formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC. OnTrack offers services to improve personal finances. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and held at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 222. Info: 255-5166 or www.ontrackwnc.org. • Volunteers are needed to assist with various office tasks. Info: 210-4956 or tarag@ontrackwnc.org.

Health Programs FREE INTRODUCTION to TRAUMA and the HEALING JOURNEY (pd.) September 28, 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place. For information call 828-2582530 or email ag789@ bellsouth.net Kangen Alkaline Water (pd.) For Lifestyle related diseases. • More Energy! • Weight Loss • Cleanse colon • Diabetes • High Blood Pressure. Free DVD: (828) 989-6057. www. MyHolisticWater.com Rewire Your Emotional Brain For Happiness And Health! (pd.) Are you stuck in the same thinking and feeling patterns? Depressed, irritable, anxious, worried? Repeating the same reactions and expecting different results? Reaching for food, shopping, rescuing others, etc. to make yourself feel better? Stop judging yourself! • It’s NOT you, it’s your brain wiring! • Learn effective tools, when practiced over time, rewires your brain’s emotional set point. Symptoms and behaviors Fade without forcing yourself to change. • Enroll in Wired For Joy Introductory Course, 5 sessions; • Wednesdays:

6:45pm-8:30pm beginning October 13; $155 includes workbook. Limited number of participants. Enroll by October 4. • Call Denise Kelley, MA, LPC, Certified EBT Provider, 231-2107. The Great Life Seminar • October 11-17 (pd.) Be healthier and happier naturally! Join us for this dynamic and life changing workshop. • You will learn how a natural lifestyle and plant-based diet, along with stress management skills, healthful food selection, and easy cooking methods can often prevent and even reverse these disorders: • Overweight-Obesity • Hypoglycemia • Diabetes • Heart Disease • Kidney Disorders • Arthritis • Osteoporosis • Allergies • Anxiety/Depression/Stress • Immune System Disorders. • Led by Martha C. Cottrell, M.D., FAAFP, Lino Stanchich, L.N., L.M.B.T., Jane Stanchich, L.N. and other dynamic teachers and therapists. • Held at a beautiful retreat center near Asheville, NC. • Delicious organic whole foods meals, energy exercises, music, and fun! • Special discount rate for Asheville residents, $500/week • Special Day rate: $85. • Overnight accommodations in comfortable lodge are also available. • Information/registration: (828) 299-8657 or www. greatlifeglobal.com ADD/ADHD and Meditation: Introduction Scientific findings from medical journals on the applications of the Transcendental Meditation technique for treatment of ADHD and other learning disorders. Discussion, video and Q&A. Free. Info: www. adhd-tm.org. • WEEKLY - Meets at the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St. Info: 254-4350. Art of Intimacy Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills, drawing from the work of Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), Brad Blanton (Radical Honesty), Susan Campbell (Getting Real), John Bradshaw (Homecoming) and others. $60/4-session class. Info: 254-5613 or www.theREALcenter.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meeting. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless other-

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• TU (9/28), 7am-6pm Mission Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, 2nd Floor, 428 Biltmore Ave. Info: 2132222, ext. 2. Understanding Adult ADHD • TH (9/23), 7-8:30pm - Coach Rudy Rodriguez will present “Understanding Adult ADHD,” a free seminar, at the Haynes Conference Center, room 228 on the A-B Tech Enka Campus. To register: coachrudy@adhdcenterforsuccess.com. Voices of Hope: Parents Talk to Parents About Eating Disorders • TH (9/30), 6-8pm - Parents and health professionals answer questions about eating disorders. Appropriate for adult caregivers and support persons. At The Health Adventure, Pack Place, Asheville. $10, supper included. Reservations: 337-4685.

Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.Info: http://adultchildren.org. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Info: 545-9648. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Open big book study. Info:545-9648. • MONDAYS, 7pm “Generations” meets at First Congregational United Church Of Christ, 20 Oak St. at College, Asheville.Info: 474-5120. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-2861326 or www.wnc-alanon. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Newcomers meeting 7:30pm, Discussion meeting 8-9pm: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Enter through parking lot door. Info: 225-0515. • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - AlAnon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from Ingles. Newcomers meeting at 7:30pm. Info: 258-4799. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with

addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of AlAnon is a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Black Mountain Al-Anon: Meeting at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 201 Blue Ridge Road (corner of Blue Ridge Road and Hwy. 9). Info: 669-0274. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Study at Kennilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Bipolar and Depression Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Magnetic Minds meets at 314-F Patton Ave., in the Parkwood Business Park. Peer support, empowerment, recovery and advocacy. Info: 318-9179. Cancer Support Group for Caregivers • MONDAYS, 11am-Noon - Meetings at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. Emotional support for family members of people experiencing cancer. Facilitated by Licensed

Clinical Social Worker. Love offering. Info: 299-0394. Cancer Support Group for Women • MONDAYS, 1:30-3pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church. Emotional support for women experiencing cancer. Facilitated by licensed clinical social worker. Info: 299-0394. Codependence Anonymous Meetings are held at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., in the basement (room 105). Info: 215-1309 or 545-1899. Free. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - 12step support group meeting. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group. Info: 3374685 or www.thecenternc. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Focus is on positive peer support, coping skills and recovery tools. Led by licensed professionals. Free. Grief Recovery Support in the LGBT Community • SUNDAYS (through 10/24), 2:30-4pm - Meetings provide information and a support group tailored to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have lost someone through death. At First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Room E106. Info: (423) 737-5162. National Alliance on Mental Illness Dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, OCD, PTSD and anxiety disorders. Free connection recovery support groups. Info: 505-7353. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 11am - Group meets at 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 298. Overcomers Recovery Support Group • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - A Christian-based 12step recovery program for women. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems such as alcohol, drugs, overeating, pornography, codependency, enabling. All women are welcome. Info: rchovey@ sos.spc-asheville.org. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating


compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-5804761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 2802213. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. S-Anon Meetings S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. We share our experience, strength and hope to help solve our common problems. Meetings held weekly in Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Call confidential voice mail for information: 258-5117. • WEEKLY - Meetings. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - A 12-step, recovery fellowship for those who want to stop living out a pattern of compulsive sexual and romantic behavior. Meets at Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Park behind church and enter at front door of the annex. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Call confidential voice mail 681-9250 or e-mail saasheville@gmail.com. Info: www.orgsites.com/nc/saasheville/. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. Womenheart of Asheville • WEDNESDAYS (alternating), 10am-Noon or 6-8pm - This support group for

women with heart disease meets at Parkway Behavioral Health, 31 College Place. Info: Rickitannen@gmail. com or 505-2534. Workaholic Anonymous (WA) Meetings Feeling rushed? Can’t get it all done? WA slogan: “Slow is beautiful and powerful. I move glacially.” Info: 2546484. Or try conference call meetings: Get times and numbers at www.workaholics-anonymous.org/page. php?page=_meetings. • TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Asheville WA meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St.

Outdoors Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: www.ashevilletrackclub.org or 253-8781. • SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Trail run for all paces. Meet at the NC Arboretum, Greenhouse Parking Area. Info: 6489336. Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes Led by Blue Ridge Parkway rangers. • FR (9/24), 10am - Join a ranger for an easy-to-moderate hike through a hardwood forest along the East Fork Pigeon River. This hike on the Bridges Camp Gap trail will start at the Looking Glass Rock Overlook, Milepost 417. Info: 2985330, ext. 304. Buncombe County Walking Club • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8:15am - Meet at the Sports Park in Candler. Gather at the picnic shelter. The purpose of the club is not to compete, but to build fitness and form friendships. Info: 250-4260 or grace.young@buncombecounty.org. Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: www.carolinamtnclub.org. • WE (9/22), 8am - MST: Bearpen Gap to NC 215 via Mt. Hardy. Info: 738-3395. • SA (9/25), 9:30am - Pilot Rock - Mt. Pisgah

- Thompson Creek. Info: 883-2447. • SU (9/26), 8am - Pinnacle - Shortoff Mtns. (Linville Gorge). Info: 584-0395 —12:15pm - DuPont Forest - Reasonover Trail. Info: 749-1886. • WE (9/29), 9am - White Oak Flats, Pounding Mill, Hickey Fork. Info: 656-2191. Fly Fishing Class Held at Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman. Info: 877-3106 or www.headwatersoutfitters.com. • THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS, 11am-1pm Casting lesson. For all ages. $30, includes all necessary gear. Reservations required. Four-Miler Group • MONDAYS, 6pm - Join Jane Roane’s slow fourmiler group, which leaves from Jus’ Running, 523 Merrimon Ave. An easy, social run (10-11 min./ miles). Hiking Group for Singles • SATURDAYS, 10am-5pm - Explore the wilderness at Shining Rock. Bring lunch, water and be prepared for difficult but fun hikes. Info: 215-2684. Thomas Wolfe 8K • SA (9/25), 8am - 34th annual Thomas Wolfe 8K. A portion of each registration fee will go to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. The first 400 runners will be guaranteed an official T-shirt and a bag full of goodies. To register: www.thomaswolfe8k. com/register.aspx.

Sports Groups & Activities Amateur Pool League (pd.) All skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Rosters are open NOW for all teams. Sign up to play this Fall. 828-329-8197 www.BlueRidgeAPA.com ONGOING ‚Äì weekly league play. Asheville Kendo Club • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9:30pm Dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Asheville area. Kendo, the Japanese “Way of the Sword,” develops a person’s mind, posture and spirit through the principles of Japanese fencing. Kendo is not self-defense. Info: ashevillekendo@gmail.com. Buncombe County Walking Club The purpose of the club is not to compete but to build fitness, form friendships and have fun. Info: 250-4260 or grace.young@buncombecounty.org. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8:15am

- Meet at Sports Park in Candler. Filipino Martial Arts Kuntao: Traditional emptyhand system of self defense. Kali: Filipino method of stick-and-knife combat. First two lessons are free. Info: 777-8225 or http://kuntao. webs.com. • SATURDAYS, 1pm & TUESDAYS, 7pm - Classes at Asheville Culture Project, 257 Short Coxe Ave. Special Olympics Buncombe County Info: 250-4265 or grace. young@buncombecounty. org. • TUESDAYS (through 11/16), 6-7:30pm - Special Olympics soccer practice at the J.B. Lewis soccer field on Azalea Road. • TUESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - The Special Olympics cheerleading team meets for practice at the Zeugner Center in Arden. Spoccer Spoccer encourages the community to exercise, socialize and make real connections via pick-up soccer games, held at Memorial Stadium. If an event is scheduled at the stadium, games will be held at MLK Park. Info: www.spoccer. com/group/ashevillenc. • WEDNESDAYS - Game. • SUNDAYS - Game. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS - Game.

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Kids At The Health Adventure Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: www.thehealthadventure. org. • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. • SATURDAYS, Noon-2pm - Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring handson activities led by museum facilitators, the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission.

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• 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 4-5pm - “My Mom Is Having a Baby.” Help your child prepare to be an older brother or sister. Learn what to expect, how to hold the new baby, and make a special present to hang over the crib. Free with admission. Books & Breadboard Located at 30 All Souls Crescent, Asheville. Info: 505-8233 or www.booksandbreadboard.com. • SA (9/25), 11am-1pm - Come Celebrate Curious George’s Birthday at a party with cupcakes and a movie. Botanical Gardens at Asheville This 10-acre nonprofit nature preserve at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. (next to UNCA) is dedicated to preserving and displaying the native flora of N.C. Info & event registration: 252-5190 or www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org. • SA (9/25), 9:3011:30am - Garden Science Investigation: “Dying Fabric with Plant Materials.” Kids will learn to make dyes from bark, berries, roots and more. $7. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/performance info: 230-5778 or www.singasheville.org. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:45pm - New singers are invited to join the chorus. Rehearsals at First Congregational Church, downtown Asheville. Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 697-8333 or www.handsonwnc.org. • WE (9/29), 10:30am - Gretchen Schott-Cummins from the Hendersonville Coop will lead a class all about fruits and vegetables. Price is included in admission (free for members). Hunab Kru Dancers • TU (9/28), 6:30-7:30pm - A demonstration and discussion with Hunab Kru breakdancers will be held at The Hop, 640 Merrimon Ave. DJ Brett will play music for this family-friendly event. Info: 254-2224. Kids Fishing Tournament A catch-and-release event held at Lake Julian. Open to all kids ages 15 and under. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded. Participants bring their own pole and bait.

$5/child. To register or for more info: 684-0376. • SA (9/25), 8:30-11:30am - Tournament. Preregistration is suggested, or register at the event starting at 8am. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Info: 862-5554 or www. pari.edu. • Last TUESDAYS, 6-8pm - SciGirls, sponsored by the Public Broadcasting System to engage girls in science. Participation is free and all girls ages 9-14 are eligible. Program details, specific hours and registration details at www.pari.edu. Story Time at Friends of Mine Preschool • WE (9/29), 12:1512:45pm - Story time at Friends of Mine Preschool, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, in the basement of the UU church. Info: 281-0007 or fompreschool@gmail.com.

Spirituality Headline: Crystal Healing Class (pd.) The Power and Inspiration of Quartz for your Home, Garden or Healing Space.Thursday September 30th 7-8:30. Free. Held at Points of Light, 391 Merrimon Ave, Asheville. Call 828-257-2626 to RSVP. www.pointsoflight.net A Barbara Marciniak Channeling Event (pd.) October 9, 10, (Saturday-Sunday). Barbara channels the Pleiadians who share their perspectives about our changing world. Bring your questions! • Lecture/channeling: Saturday, 7-10:30pm, $35. • Workshop/channeling: Sunday, 10:30am-6pm, $90. • Cash or money order only. Ramada River Ridge Hotel, 800 Fairview Road, Asheville. • For reservations/ information: (828) 298-6300 orashevilleclass@yahoo. com Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828)258-3229. Astrology Level 1 Workshop • Saturday October 2 (pd.) 9:30am-5:30pm. Learn the basis of competent horoscope analysis, prediction, and astrological healing, exploring your own chart. • Part 1 of 3 workshops. Presented by full-time astrologer, Ryan Kurczak. • Limited to 8 participants. Held at private residence. • Registration deadline October 1. • Cost:

$150. • Information/registration: 423-6636 or www. AshevilleVedicAstrology. com Avatar Meher Baba (pd.) “I come not to teach but to awaken.” Sundays 4pm. 828-552-7864. 2012: Fact vs. Fiction About the Mayan Apocalypse • SA (9/25), 11am-2pm - A presentation that reviews the facts, fiction and social power behind the 2012 enigma. What does science and history really say? Meet at 5 Walnut St. to find out more about what many are considering “The End of the World.” Info: 2012asheville@gmail.com. A Course in Miracles • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:30-8pm - A truly loving group of people studying A Course in Miracles meets at Groce United Methodist Church on Tunnel Road. The group is open to all. Info: 712-5472. A Mountain Mindfulness Sangha Part of the World Community of Mindful Living, inspired by the teachings of THICH NHAT HANH, the group practices mindfulness as the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. Practicing with a “sangha” (a community) can bring both joy and support. All are invited. Info & directions: mountainmindfulness@gmail.com, 6847359 or 299-9382. • THURSDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Sitting and walking meditation, followed by sharing by sangha members. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation/ Free Introductory Lectures Your brain needs this: Scientists know TM creates brainwave coherence. Only an orderly brain can support higher consciousness. TM is easy to learn—enjoyable to practice. Dissolves deeprooted stress, reduces anxiety and depression. Verified by 600 scientific studies. Info: 254-4350 or www. MeditationAsheville.org. • SUNDAYS, 2pm - Meeting at Maharishi Enlightenment Center, 165 E. Chestnut St. Learn how to directly access the field of infinite creativity, intelligence and bliss within you, revitalizing mind and body and creating peace in collective consciousness. Topics: Meditation and brain research; How meditation techniques compare; Meditation for social change; “What science says” and What is “transcending”? Free. Please RSVP. Asheville Friends of Astrology


freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Rightwing talk show host Rush Limbaugh is a person whose ideas and attitudes repel me. But in the dream I had last night, I enjoyed hanging out with him. He was affable and humorous. We had several fun adventures together. Here’s how I interpret the dream: It doesn’t necessarily mean that Limbaugh is a better human being than my bias allows me to imagine. Rather, I think I’m becoming more relaxed about people I disagree with. I’m less susceptible to being motivated by hatred. I’m able to maintain a live-and-let-live approach to things that used to knock me off center. You’re now set up for a similar shift, Aries. I hope you take advantage.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You have entered a phase in your astrological cycle when your best lessons will come from doing hard work. I mean that in the most literal way: intensifying your commitment to doing your job with maximum integrity and intelligence and excellence. But I also mean that you should concentrate on what needs fixing, refinement, and upkeep in other areas of your life. Could your best relationships use some tweaks that would pump up the collaborative energy? Would you consider making a course correction in your spiritual path? Is there any part of your rhythm that could use more discipline and organization?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

I’m getting excited to see what you’ll create in the coming weeks. You’re slipping into the most expressive groove you’ve been in for a while. I’m guessing that any minute now your imagination will start churning out a wealth of fresh perspectives and new approaches. Half-rotting problems that have just sat there immobile for weeks or even months will begin morphing into opportunities as you zap them with your frisky grace. Misunderstandings that have festered far too long will get cleansed and salved by your tricky ingenuity. Get the party started!

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

As I stood by the creek at dusk, the silhouette of a woman in a kayak came flowing my way. The last crease of the orange sun hovered on the horizon behind her. I spied the reflection of the planet Venus shimmering in the violet water before I saw it in the sky. The temperature was balmy. A translucent spider floated nearby at the end of an airborne silk strand. Nine geese in v-formation trumpeted as they soared overhead. When the woman got close enough for us to see each other’s faces, she addressed me. “We win!” she exclaimed jubilantly, then paddled onward. I agreed. We were basking in a great victory, paradise having temporarily descended into our midst. This is the kind of triumph I expect you’ll be capable of achieving several times over in the coming week.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Focus on what’s small and slippery, Leo. Turn your gaze away from what’s big and obvious. Exult in the salamander on the rock and a friend who has a new trick and the guilty pleasure you just discovered; excuse yourself from obsessing about the state of the economy, the meaning of life, and the clash between science and religion. Your pleasurable duty is to love what’s in the midst of changing, and not fixate on trying to make arrangements that will supposedly last forever. Don’t just grudgingly attend to the mercurial details; dive in as if playing with them were your central purpose.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“Artists suffer for their work, but they don’t mind,” read the headline in the San Francisco Chronicle. The attached article featured brief interviews with five artists who all said they enjoy doing their creative work so much that they gladly put up with the privations it causes them. That’s the spirit I’d like you to embrace in the coming weeks, Virgo. See if you can immerse yourself in a labor of love with so much enthusiastic devotion that you drive away some of your aches and anxieties.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Albert Einstein was extremely famous during his lifetime. Although he had no publicity machine promoting him, his face became an iconic symbol for genius. “Einstein” was, in effect, a brand name that made people think of creativity, wisdom, and imagination. There were times that bothered him. “I am no Einstein,” he said, preferring to be his raw self rather than the idol on a pedestal. I offer his example up to you, Libra. You can benefit from slipping away from, ignoring, and even rebelling against your image right now. Return to the source of your ever-evolving life energy.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

My proposed assignment for you would be fun, but it wouldn’t be easy. It would require you to dissolve at least one of your fixations, escape at least two of your habits, and override at least three of your dogmatic beliefs. I’ll completely understand if you’re not up for the challenge. But if you’re game, read the following excerpt of a poem by Pablo Neruda (translated by Alastair Reid), and incorporate its attitude into your daily rhythm. “I have a mind to confuse things, unite them, make them new-born, mix them up, undress them, until all light in the world has the oneness of the ocean, a generous, vast wholeness, a crackling, living fragrance.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

I love to listen to DJ Schmeejay on San Francisco radio station KUSF. Like a throwback to the Golden Age of FM radio in the 1970s, he plays a “visceral, cinematic” mix that delights you with a flow of unpredictable juxtapositions. Unlike some music experts who harbor haughty elitist prejudices, the dude is an open-minded aficionado. His playlist may include a psychedelic tune, flapper-jazz, a pretty pop song, a barbershop quartet,

1960s folk, polka, and trip-hop. He understands that good entertainment keeps you guessing about what’s going to come next. I urge you to borrow his approach as you cruise and schmooze in the coming weeks. Charm people with good surprises. Expand your bag of tricks, and use everything in it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

I’m not a big believer in the idea that dreams are prophetic. I’ve recorded thousands of my own dreams, and just three of them have foreshadowed waking life events that actually occurred. However, I have often found it valuable to regard my dreams as pointers on how to develop unripe aspects of myself. For example, when I was 19 I had a series of dreams suggesting that the best way to become a writer was simply to write at least three hours every day. I acted on those prompts, and they worked. I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because it’s prime time for you to tap into your own dreams for tips on how to create your best possible future.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

In his opening comments on an episode of his TV show, Stephen Colbert announced, “I have butterflies in my stomach. I just ate a cocoon quesadilla.” If I’m reading the omens correctly, you, too, will soon have fluttering sensations in your gut, but not because of your food choices. Rather, you’re likely to be quivery and atwitter due to encounters with the Great Unknown -- arrivals from beyond the Wild Blue Yonder that will blow your mind and recalibrate your philosophy of life. Don’t worry. Your appointments with the numinous are likely to be stirring, even awe-inspiring, but not frightening. P.S. You should celebrate the fact that you feel free enough to go exploring so far and wide.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“If we wish to outline an architecture that conforms to the structure of our soul,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, “it would have to be conceived in the image of the labyrinth.” I take this to mean that clarity, assuredness, and single-mindedness are luxuries the ego may indulge in, but they are not the natural state of our deepest selves. Rather, at our cores, in the essential primal source that sustains us, we are complicated and meandering . . . mysterious and exploratory . . . curious and questioning. In other words, it’s perfectly healthy to be in a labyrinthine state of mind. I hope this meditation helps you enjoy your upcoming Season of Soul.

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Hundreds urged to get rabies shots; Asheville’s “City of 1,000 Weasels” campaign suspended Inconsiderate elderly man stocking up on hard-to-carefor pets before next round of medical testing Buoyed by new polling, Dems to continue pushing for continued Republican primaries Father Time, Grim Reaper arrested in London for plot to touch Pope with finger Sir Topham Hatt found hanging in foreclosed railyard

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Starting an intensive language program to prepare for my big trip. Will those El Salvadoranians be pleasantly surprised! The Asheville Disclaimer is parody/satire. editor@ashevilledisclaimer.com. Contributing this week:

Michele Scheve, Cary Goff, Joe Shelton, Ilixo Intxauspe, Tom Scheve

Asheville restaurant closes after 18 months despite attention to feng shui Asheville, MondAy — Local restaurateur Samantha Steinbrenner is closing of The Avocado of Nurture, according to an announcement posted on the restaurant’s Web site last week. While Steinbrenner acknowledges the business has not been profitable, the announcement states she is “shocked to her inner core.” “No expense was spared in assembling the very best feng shui consultants to guide the creation of this restaurant,” Steinbrenner elaborated. “We really had to cut costs when building the kitchen and paying the staff to make that happen. I told my investors that, considering the feng shui dream team we have, the place was a sure thing.” Reviews of the restaurant skewed to the negative early on. Mountain Xpress food editor Mackensey Lunsford wrote in May, “Patrons may be disappointed to find the $17 veggie plate consists of uncooked squash and zucchini.” Steinbrenner defended the restaurant on her online Blog, stating, “We give people what they need, not what they want. We are the vanguard of nurture eating.”

As she begins the process of dismantling the interior of the business — which has been finely tuned by a team of seven experts working in accordance with Eastern principles — Steinbrenner is admittedly bitter. “I paid $3,500 for the water feature by the register but money did not flow in,” said Steinbrenner. “I was told we have a perfect alignment of the five elements. All f**king five of them.”

Local plastic surgeon offers new procedure: The Vandertittie Asheville, TuesdAy — Spurred by the popularity of a breast-lifting procedure being marketed as the “Biltmore Lift,” an Asheville clinic is offering its own highend standard procedure: “The Vandertittie,” also casually known as the “Look Upward Angels.” While ladies-who-lunch are fond of the Biltmore Lift, many single working mothers who dream of one day hosting the finest luncheons in all of workforce housing are navigating toward a procedure that offers more bang for the buck: “The Dollywood Miracle.” Not to be outdone, the offerer of the “Biltmore Lift” now performs “The Dollywood Miracle,” but has doubled the price by rechristening it “The Cathedrals of All Souls.” In other news, a local laser hair-removal clinic is now offering “The Wolfe Hunter.”

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Brewgrass: An unforgettable educational event Judging from last weekend’s Brewgrass festival, enthusiasm for the annual event is clearly continuing to surge. Despite the revelry, I believe the true spirit of the event has been Tucker preserved: Brewgrass is an Heisman, Jr. informative celebration of brewing. While at the festival, I saw attendees taking time to focus on the masterpieces created by gifted artisanal brewers. One such aficionado, I couldn’t help but notice, must have sampled every variety of beer from every brewery at least twice. His eventual ecstasy was so overwhelming that near the music stage he performed a series of gyrating dances that were followed by a striptease of sorts. The delirium was so great he could only identify his home state, yelling “South Carolina, South Carolina!” No doubt, he was the victim of an overstimulated palate. I bet today, despite the acute sensory overload, this martyr of beer appreciation could speak extensively and with expert precision about every drop he surely savored. Also I spotted what I presume were monks at Brewgrass — an exciting sight as many of the world’s best beers are brewed by religious orders. I believe the three men were monks, because two of them were cropping another’s hair in the traditional monk style while the brother rested. They were using electric hair clippers and seemed to enjoy the process very much as they were laughing a good deal. The sleeping monk also had writing covering much of his face, a religious practice I am unfamiliar with. And that brings me to a trend anyone attending the festival would have noticed: sleeping. Obviously, the mental strain of evaluating and cataloging so many complex tastes creates the need to lie down, wherever one can, and recharge. One woman had chosen to sleep half in and half out a portable toilet, for the shade I’d assume. While signs of seriousness marked much of the day, not everyone was so diligent. I was told of an event-goer who must not have been able to handle the task of tasting and chose not to have even a sip — proof that Brewgrass is not just an academic exercise and there is fun to be had by all!


Info: 628-4007 or www. ashevillefriendsofastrology. org. • TU (9/28), 7pm - Eric Meyers will present a lecture titled “Elements & Evolution” in the Community Room at EarthFare, located in the Westgate Shopping Center, 66 Westgate Parkway. Love donation. Asheville Jewish Meditation and Chanting Circle • Alternate SUNDAYS, 1:15-3:15pm - Following the Awakened Heart Project’s (www.awakenedheartproject. org) approach to Jewish meditation, learn to cultivate an awareness of the Divine Presence. Gather at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Ave., Asheville. Asheville Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 5052300 or www.meditateasheville.org. • MONDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Meditation for Inner Peace class. Donations accepted. Avatar Meher Baba “I have come not to teach but to awaken.” Info: 274-0307 or 274-7154. • SUNDAYS, 4pm - Meetings occur most Sundays in Asheville. Share Meher Baba’s inspiring message of divine love and unity in the midst of diversity. Call for locations. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@ QueDox.com. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Baha’i Faith Everyone is welcome. Join us in our celebration of diversity: “The earth is one country and mankind its citizens,” Baha’u’llah. The Baha’i Center is located at 5 Ravenscroft Drive, Asheville. Info: 2511051 or www.wncbahai.org. • SUNDAYS, 11am - Sunday Devotional. Bear Clan Medicine Lodge The group practices Native American spirituality. It also studies natural healing modalities. Not affiliated with any tribe or organization. Everyone is welcome. Meets at the library on Mitchell St. in Old Fort. Info: http://seeks. spirit.tripod.com. • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 3pm - Meetings. Focus on our connection to All Our Relations and what this means to each of us on our personal path. All are welcome to come and share.

Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8/$4 students & seniors. Info: 779-5502 or www.meditation-in-northcarolina.org. • TU (9/28), 7:15pm - “Autopilot vs. Mindfulness.” Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or www.ashevilleccc.com. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 56:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Great Tree Zen Temple Offers a variety of practice opportunities in Soto Zen tradition. Zazen for individuals seeking to deepen their practice, family, women’s, writing retreats. Beginners welcome. Rev. Teijo Munnich. Info: www.greattreetemple.org or 645-2085. • Year-round schedule, weekly study and meditation. Hare Krsna Sunday Feast Meets above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: www. highthinkingsimpleliving.org or 506-2987. • Select SUNDAYS, 5-7pm An evening of bhajans, class on the Bhagavad-Gita and a vegetarian feast. Everyone welcome. Refer to the website or call for dates. Insight Meditation Group • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - People of all experience levels are welcome to join this drop-in meditation group. Meditation instructions will be given to all of those who are new to the practice. $5. Info: http://bit.ly/9XujJ6. Introduction to Insight Meditation Class • SUNDAYS, 10-11:30am - Using a progressive exploration of breath, body, emotions and the thinking process, learn how to actively explore the inner world using the method of insight meditation. $10. Info: http://bit. ly/9xhYqs. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place, in East Asheville. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am Women-led, justice-focused, family-friendly, and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An open and

affirming new church. Childcare available. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or www.billwalz. com. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ mothergroveavl.org or www. mothergroveavl.org. • SA (9/25), 7pm Celebrates the Autumnal Equinox with a public ritual held at the parish hall of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. Honor a time of balance and harvest. Open to the respectful public. A love offering will be accepted in support of the Temple’s programs. • SUNDAYS, 10am - Drum Circle —- 10:30am - Weekly devotional service at the Temple. A simple service to ground and center you for the week. Spend some quiet time with the Goddess, with song, readings, meditation and prayer. At 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 2. • MONDAYS - Book discussion group, facilitated by Antiga, on the book The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lemer. Info: 2859927. Mountain Zen Practice Center Exploring the ‘how’ of moment by moment peace, joy and freedom through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Info and orientation times: www.mountainzen.org or 450-3621. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Heart Universe Meditation • TH (9/23), 8-9pm - Free Mystic Heart Universe Meditation via teleconference call. Celebrate the mystical union of outer divine consciousness and inner mystical heart. To sign up: 338-0042 or www.mysticheartuniverse.com. Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Learn to use your intuition to help yourself and others. Explore remote viewing, channeling, mediumship, telepathy, precognition and healing in a relaxed and fun-filled atmosphere. All are welcome. Love donations accepted. Info: 828-255-

8304 or ecastro1@charter. net. Sounds of the Chakra Toning Circle • SUNDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - “Sounds of the Chakras.” Linda Go facilitates this sound healing offering at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Love donation. Info: ashevillesoundhealing.com or 776-3786. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Located at 10 N. Liberty St., Asheville. Info: 273-5420 or http://stmarkslutheran. net/thisMonth.pdf. • SUNDAYS, 5pm Crosswired “come as you are” service in the Fellowship Hall. Infant care and church school for youngsters is offered during the service. Surya Meditation • MONDAYS, 5-6pm Reconnect with your natural state of well-being: access boundless energy, release emotional stress, improve mental clarity. Informal lecture followed by group meditation. Free. At Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave. Toning for Peace Experience the health benefits of a form of singing anyone can do. Generate well-being and peace within. $5-$10. Info: 667-2967 or www. toningforpeace.org. • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 1:30-2:45pm - At the Light Center in Black Mountain. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or www.uuasheville.org. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am & 11:15am - Services. Unity Cafe Looking for a change from the usual Sunday service? Spiritual conversation and sharing, music, meditation, coffee and pastry. Info: 6450514, 676-6070 or unitycafe. org. • 1st, 3rd & 5th SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Greenlife Grocery Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 8918700 or www.unitync.net. • WE (9/22), 7pm - Women and Spiritual Journeys. Lisa Garrett, a Priestess of Dianic and Goddess traditions, will discuss peaceful Goddess cultures in European history. • WE (9/29), 7pm “Labyrinth Walk.” Walk a 5-path labyrinth and discover

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the healing, magical power of this ancient energy pattern. Love offering. Unity Church of Asheville Looking for something different? Unity of Asheville explores the deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures combined with an upbeat contemporary music program to create a joyous and sincere worship service. Come join us this Sunday and try it for yourself. Located at 130 Shelburne Rd., W. Asheville. Info: 2525010 or www.unityofasheville.com. • 5th SUNDAYS, 11am Musical Celebration Service. Musicians are always welcome. Info: 768-3339. • SUNDAYS, 11am Spiritual Celebration Service —- 12:15-1:30pm - A Course in Miracles classes with Rev. Gene Conner. • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - Edgar Cayce Study Group. Info: 926-3688. West Asheville Mindfulness Meditation Group • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - The nondenominational group meets at George’s Parish, 1 School Road. Free. Info: pamelamillis@theashevillecenter or 545-4563. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or www.windhorsezen.org. • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11am - Meditation, chanting and a Dharma talk. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm Meditation and chanting. • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7:15pm - Meditation and chanting at the City Center. • SA (9/25), 9:45am1:30pm - “The Lion’s Roar,” a workshop with a delicious vegetarian lunch on the teachings and practice of Zen with Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter, long-time zazen practitioners, teachers and dharma heirs to Roshi Phillip Kapleau. $25. Womyn in Ceremony Co-create a sacred circle of women where we will connect, share, dream and experience inner awarenesses and empowerment. Each Circle “stands alone.” Meets 12 miles NW of Asheville.

By donation. Info: www. RitesofPassageCouncil. com/theresa. • SUNDAYS, 3:45-6pm - Gathering. Working with the “Masters of Wisdom” • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Transmission Meditation —- 8pm - Reading and discussion of Alice Bailey’s A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. Free. Info: EarthTransMed@ gmail.com.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or www.16patton.com. • Through WE (9/29) - Three solo exhibits: A Painter’s Perspective by Linda Cheek; Expressive Interpretations From Nature by Sterling Edwards; and Metamorphosis by Jerry La Point. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www. amerifolk.com. • Through TH (9/30) - Natural Beauties will be on display in the Oui Oui Gallery. Art at Mars Hill College Info: www.mhc.edu. • SA (9/25), 3-6pm - The Grand Opening of the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music at Moore Auditorium. Seven different bands representing American Roots Music. • SA (9/25) through SA (11/6) - New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. A first-rate Smithsonian Institution exhibit complemented by a Madison County Roots Music exhibit and photographs by Rob Amberg will be on display in Weizenblatt Gallery, Moore Auditorium. Info: www.mhc.edu/newharmonies. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • Through TU (9/28) - The UNCA Art Department Faculty Exhibition will be on

display in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall. • Through TU (10/5) - Sandy Creek Weavers: Weaving Our Lives Together: A Fabric Time Capsule will be on display at the Highsmith University Union, lower level. • Through WE (9/29) - Abstract paintings in oil and acrylic by Arrington Williams will be on display in the Ramsey Library. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or www.acofhc.org. • Through FR (9/24) - A preview exhibition of the fourth annual Henderson County Open Studio Tour will be on display. • FR (9/24), 5:30-8pm - Reception for the fourth annual Henderson County Open Studio Tour exhibition. •SA (9/25), 10am-5pm & SU (9/26), Noon-5pm - The Open Studio Tour will be held throughout Henderson County. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • Through SU (12/5) - Sewell Sillman: Pushing Limits in the Appleby Foundation Gallery. • Through SU (12/5) - Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest. • Through SU (10/10) - Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia, photographs by Tim Barnwell in Holden Community Gallery. • Through TH (9/30) - Art X Architects, an exhibition of mixed-media works by local architects. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 29 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm. Info: 251-5796 or www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com. • Through TH (9/30) Looking Into, featuring works by Kathryn B. Phillips. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm, and Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 7680246 or www.bellavistaart. com. • Through TH (9/30) - Small Plein Air Landscapes, an

exhibition by Sara Linda Poly, and new paintings by August Hoerr will be on display. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 669-0930 or www. BlackMountainArts.org. • Through FR (10/22) -Mixed-media works by Heather Allen-Swarttouw will be on display in the Upper Gallery. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@bellsouth.net or www.blackmountaincollege.org. • Through SA (10/23) - The exhibition Kenneth Snelson: Sculptor/Photographer/ Inventor will be on display. Snelson was an art student at Black Mountain College in the summers of 1948 and 1949. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or www.bluespiral1.com. • Through FR (12/31) - Milestones: Blue Ridge Parkway, an exhibition by 20 regional artists; “animal imagery earthenware” by Ron Meyers; and figurative ceramic sculpture by Donna Polseno. • TH (9/30), 5-8pm - An opening reception for the following exhibitions and artists will be held: Milestones: Blue Ridge Parkway, earthenware by Ron Meyers and sculpture by Donna Polseno. Brevard Gallery Walks A variety of Brevard galleries and art spots open their doors. Info: 884-2787 or www.artsofbrevard.org. • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm Gallery Walk. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off of Eagle St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or www.castellphotography. com. • Through SA (9/25) Storm Season: Photography of Louisiana’s Wetlands, a series of pinhole Polaroid photographs by Daniel Kariko. • Through SA (10/23) - Pillow Talk, an exhibition


of photo-based imagery by Ben Isburg. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or www.craftscreativitydesign.org. • Through FR (12/3) - Out of the Board Room & Into the Studio, an exhibition honoring the work of retiring Executive Director Dian Magie. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or www.tcva.org. • Through SA (11/13) MANinfested DESTINY: From Boone to Boon, an exhibition by Dan Smith; Perspectives in Bronze, sculpture by Greg Bailey and Michael Warrick; and Evidence of Things Unseen, paintings by Amy Cheng. • Through SA (12/4) - In the Shadow of the Volcanoes: Contemporary Art from the Mountains of Central Mexico. Folk Art Center Located at milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Info: 298-7928 or www. craftguild.org. • Through TU (10/5) - Clay sculpture by Cindy Billingsley and paper-pulp paintings by Chery Cratty. Gallery Minerva Located at both 8 Biltmore Ave. (Tues.-Sat., 10am6pm) and 12 Church St. (Mon., Fri & Sat., 10am6pm) in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-8850 or www. galleryminerva.com. • Through TH (9/30) - Figurative and surrealistic works by Jose Parra. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • Through SU (10/31) - Along the Path: Paintings and Sculpture, contemporary works by NC artist Dale McEntire. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or www.thehaengallery.com. • Through SU (10/31) - Lynn Boggess: New Work 2010, featuring innovative American landscape paintings. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and

Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www.haywoodarts.org. • WE (9/22) through SA (10/16) - Fifth annual Haywood Open Studios Tour preview exhibit. Madison County Arts Council Exhibits Located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301. • Through FR (11/5) - Tim Barnwell’s Thirty years in the mountains: A Photographic Retrospective and the Smithsonian exhibition New Harmonies: Celebrating America’s Roots Music will be on display. Satellite Gallery Located at 55 Broadway, downtown Asheville. Info: 305-2225 or www.thesatellitegallery.com. • Through SU (9/26) Draw, an exhibition by Sean Pace (jinx). Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or www. sevensistersgallery.com. • FR (9/24) through SU (11/14) - Oil paintings by Jeff Pittman and sculpture by Michelle Sumares will be on display. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville. Info: 253-9231 or education@ wnchistory.org. • SA (9/25) - Smithsonian Magazine’s sixth annual Museum Day. SmithMcDowell will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian. com. Studio 103 Fine Art Gallery Located at 103 West St., Black Mountain. Info: 357-8327 or www.studio103fineartgallery.com. • Through WE (9/22), 58pm - Paintings by Moni Hill will be on display. • FR (9/24) through WE (10/27) - Abstract art by Ben Betsalel and paintings by Becca Midwood. • FR (9/24), 5-8pm - Artists reception for Ben Betsalel and Becca Midwood. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-

Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 8842787 or www.artsofbrevard. org. • Through FR (10/1) - The Far Side: Fantasy, Far Fetched & Fun, an exhibit about the Far Side of life. • FR (9/24), 5-9pm - Artist reception for The Far Side. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or www.upstairsartspace.org. • Through SA (9/25) - Katrina to Deepwater Horizon: Tragedies of Cash, Climate and Culture, an exhibition commemorating the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 227-3591 or www.fineartmuseum.wcu.edu. • Through FR (9/24) - Worldviews: Legacy of Teaching, selections from the permanent collection, featuring 40 noted artists with distinguished teaching careers. • Through FR (12/17) - Reclaiming Cultural Ownership: Challenging Indian Stereotypes, an installation of photographs and commercial merchandise focusing on “unlearning” stereotypes and fostering Native pride by noted Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian artist Shan Goshorn.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at Eclipse Salon Eclipse Salon is located at 16 Wall St. Info: 285-0019. • Through WE (10/13) New Paintings and Whatnot, an exhibition by Martin A. B. Guenette. Art at Hickory Nut Gap Farm Store Located at 57 Sugar Hollow Road in Fairview. Info: www. hickorynutgapfarm.com or 628-1027. • Through SU (10/31) - Jessica Lynn’s exhibition will be on display. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 6652492 or www.ncarboretum. org. • Outdoor Sculpture: Inflorescence, an exhibition of botanical forms created

from synthetic-nylon fabric and made by artist Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield, will be on display in the Baker Center (through Aug.); in The Canopy Walk (through Oct.); The Education Center (Aug.-Oct.) and in the Quilt Garden (Nov.-Feb). • Through MO (2/28) - Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations, an exhibition on display in the Baker Center. Art at Zuma • Through TH (9/30) - A-B Tech’s Advanced Painting Studio exhibition will be on display at Zuma Coffee in Marshall, 7 N. Main St., in Marshall. Info: 649-1617. BlackBird Frame & Art Located at 365 Merrimon Ave. Info: 225-3117. • Through TH (9/30) - For Pets’ Sake, an exhibition celebrating the unconditional love of animals, will be on display. Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or www.nps. gov/carl. • Through FR (10/8) - Carl Sandburg’s Washburn bellshaped guitars (circa 1928) will be on display. Clingman Cafe Located at 242 Clingman Ave. in the River Arts District. • Through TH (9/30) - Collaborations and Deviations, work in clay, glass, wood and paint by six local artists. Events at Montford Books & More Located at 31 Montford Ave. Info: 285-8805. • Through TH (9/30) Colorscapes, an exhibition by local artist Johnny Dean McCurry. Grand Bohemian Gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www.bohemianhotelasheville.com or 505-2949. • Through SU (10/10) - New Reflections, an exhibition by local artists Vadim Bora, Linda McCane, Colleen Webster and Leo Monahan. Hand In Hand Gallery Located at 2720 Greenville Hwy. (U.S. 25 South) in Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719 or www.handinhandgallery. com. • SA (9/25), 10am-5pm - Local stained glass artist Cheryl Stippich will demonstrate soldering techniques. Held in conjunction with the

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fourth annual Fall Henderson County Open Studio Tour. Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 189 W. Main Street, Brevard. Info: 8842347 or www.transylvaniaheritage.org. • Through SA (11/27) - Decoration Day in the Mountains.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events 3 Warps • 3 Towels • Weaving I (pd.) On-going. Intensive introduction to weaving on a floor loom with Karen Donde. Eight 4-hour classes. $310 plus yarn. sutherland Handweaving, Asheville RAD. Information/registration: (856) 261-4324. sutherlandstudios@gmail. com Play With Color! Workshop September 27 (pd.) 10am-4pm: Sewing with handwovens expert Daryl Lancaster teaches color design class—not just for weavers. $120. sutherland Handweaving, Asheville RAD. Information/ registration: (856) 2614324.sutherlandstudios@ gmail.com Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or www.tcva.org. • TH (9/30), 7pm - Michael Frassinelli, sculptor, will give a lecture at the Turchin Center Lecture Hall. Info: 262-2220. Mountain Made Located in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Features the works of regional artisans, writers and musicians. Info: 350-0307 or mtnmade807@aol.com. • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS, 10am-6pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-5pm - Glass blowing demonstrations. Regional Artist Project Grant • Through FR (10/1) - Deadline to apply for the Regional Artist Project Grant, offered to residents of Avery, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell or Yancey County. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. info@gmail.com or www. svfal.org. • THURSDAYS, Noon-3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. Suggested donation $4.

• FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm Open studio for figure drawing. Small fee for model. • MONDAYS, 10am-1pm - Open studio for portrait painting. Small fee for model. • TUESDAYS (through 11/16) - Art with Lorelle Bacon. Adults 1-3pm and youth 3:30-5pm. All levels welcome. $15/class. Registration required. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or www.fineartsleague.org. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Open figure drawing sessions. Four 5-minute poses and four 20-minute poses. $5.

Art/Craft Fairs Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival • SA (9/25), 10am-5pm - The sixth annual festival held in Bakersville in Mitchell County will feature fine arts and crafts, live music and food. Info: http://www.bakersvillefestival.com. Bakersville Creekwalk Arts Festival • SA (9/25), 10am-5pm - The festival, which is open to the public and free of charge, takes place along the banks of Cane Creek, which winds through the center of Bakersville, N.C. Info: bakersvillefestival@ gmail.com. Cotton Mill Studios & Mill Gallery Located at 122 Riverside Drive, Asheville. • FR (9/24), 11am-8pm & SA & SU (9/25 & 26), 11am-4pm - Fall Open House: “Art With Craft & Craft With Art.” Pottery, painting, encaustic wax painting, jewelry, music, dance and fiber arts. Plus, informal demos and music. Refreshments Fri. evening. Info: 252-9122. Henderson County Curb Market Info: 692-8012. • SA (9/25), 8am-2pm - The old-timey market features sausage and ham biscuits cooked on a wood stove, music, antique displays, demonstrations and more. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or www.ncarboretum.org. • FR (9/25) & SA (9/26) - Heritage Crafts Weekend. Festivities include craft dem-

onstrations, vendors, plant sales, musical performances in the Heritage Garden and more. True Nature Country Fair • SA & SU (9/25 & 26), 10am-6pm - Join artisans, farmers, craftspeople, chefs and families of the southern Appalachians for a celebration of life in connection with the Earth. At the Big Ivy Community Center in Barnardsville. Daily entrance fees: $5 adults/$3 ages 3-12/Free for children 2 and younger. Info: www.organicgrowersschool.org.

Spoken & Written Word Concert And Writer’s Workshop (pd.) Power Up Your Prose • Saturday, September 25, 9am-4:30pm, Waynesville. • Kick-off Concert, Friday, September 24, 7:30pm. • Keith Flynn and The Holy Men. • Information/registration: www.mountainwritersnc.com Attention WNC Mystery Writers WNC Mysterians critique group. For serious mystery/ suspense/thriller writers. Info: 712-5570 or wncmysterians.org. • TH (9/23), 6pm - Meeting at Books-a-Million (lounge area), Tunnel Road, Asheville. Books & Breadboard Located at 30 All Souls Crescent, Asheville. Info: 505-8233 or www.booksandbreadboard.com. • WE (9/29), 6-7pm Reading and book signing by Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • WE (9/22), 6:30pm - Library Knitters meet. A casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels. Meets at the Black Mountain Yarn Shop. BM. • TH (9/23), 7pm Shakespeare Discussion Group: Twelfth Night. The group will then attend the Montford Park Players’ performance of the play on Sept. 26, leaving the Black

Mountain Library at 6:30pm. BM. • SA (9/25), 3-4:30pm - A leather workshop for teens will be offered. Learn to make bracelets, bookmarks and wallets. For young adults ages 11 to 18. EA. • TH (9/30), 11am - Fantastic Fable Puppet Show. Kids of all ages are welcome. EA. Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is at 3 E. Jackson St. in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or more@citylightsnc.com. • SA (10/23), 1pm American Girls Club meeting —- 7pm - Gary Carden hosts the Liar’s Bench. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 2546734 or www.malaprops. com. • WE (9/22), 7pm - Cheri Brackett will read from her contribution to Gravity Pulls You In, a collection of candid essays and poems written by parents of children with autism-spectrum disorders. • TH (9/23), 7pm - “Type-A Mom Blogging Conference.” • FR (9/24), 7pm Psychotherapist Rob Jacoby and artist Brian MacGregor will discuss their book The Return to Love: A User’s Guide to Mending a Broken Heart. • SA (9/25) - National Curiosity Day: Celebrate Curious George’s 70th birthday. There will be activities, party favors and surprises —- 3pm - Writer Stacey Curnow and illustrator Daniel Nevins will discuss Ravenna, a children’s book about a boy and a talking bear. • SU (9/26), 3pm - “Design your own journal,” a free workshop with Gwen Diehn, an art teacher at Warren Wilson College. • TU (9/28), 7pm - Fret Knot radio hour, a live podcast recording. • WE (9/29), 7pm - Literary Trivia Night. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or www.firestormcafe. com. • WE (9/22), 7-8:30pm - “Zines on Toast.” Readings by Alex Wrekk, the author of Brainscan and “zinesters” Isy Morgenmuffel, Edd Baldry, Nat Last Hours, Tom Fiction and Steve Larder. Donations accepted. • MO (9/27), 8pm - Awardwinning New Orleans-based journalist Jordan Flaherty will discuss his book Floodlines: Community and Resistance

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in New Orleans from Katrina to the Jena Six. Literary Events at UNCA Events are free unless noted. Tickets & info: 232-5000. • TU (9/28), 12:30pm - Regional Author Talks: Journalist and author Michael Cogdill at Ramsey Library, upper level. Writer’s Group • TUESDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - Seeking one or two experienced, engaged prose writers to join the group for feedback. The group has been meeting for the past eight years. Info: 274-4526 or reatonkelley@charter.net. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or www.twwoa.org. • SA (9/25), 10am-4pm “Writing Your Memoirs” with Anne Barnhill.

Festivals & Gatherings Howl-O-Ween at the WNC Nature Center (pd.) Saturday night October 23, 2010 from 1:00 - 8:00 pm Admission: regular rates Members of the Friends of the WNC Nature Center free Come visit our 43-acres during the cool of the evening. Our creatures of the darkness will be on display in the Creepy Crawler Cabin along with some fabulously large pythons, boas, lizards with the Southern Appalachian Herpetological Society members! The club will be holding a raffle for a corn snake and a Bearded dragon with proceeds going to the WNCNC’s Veterinarian Clinic. Learn about skulls, bats, nocturnal creatures and our native wildlife through programs and enrichment presentations on the hour starting at 1:00pm. We will enhance your visit with our arts & crafts, hot dogs, hot cider and chocolate, baked goods, and treats for the kids, as well as two performances by the Mountain Marionettes at 7:00 and 7:40pm. Our costume contest for all ages will begin at 6:30 pm at the barn, so come dressed for the occasion! Doors open at 1:00pm for this special event. AppleFest • SA (9/25), 1-5pm - Hickory Nut Forest EcoCommunity is sponsoring the 3rd annual AppleFest on Rt. 74-A in Gerton/Bat Cave. Apple picking, music, cider making, kids’ events, apple goodies and more. Free and

family-friendly. Info: www. hickorynutforest.com. Asheville Greek Festival • FR (9/24) through SU (9/26) - The 24th annual Asheville Greek Festival, featuring Greek food and pastries, live music, dancing and more, will be held on the grounds of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Ave. Info: 253-3754. Crafts on the Mountain • SA & SU (9/25 & 26), 11am-6pm - Native Craft & Artisan Fair, featuring native crafts, artists, regional cuisine, music, demos and kids activities. At mile marker 408.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Haw Creek Elementary Fall Carnival • FR (9/24), 4:30-8:30pm - Haw Creek Elementary School will host its annual Fall Carnival. Inflatables, face painting, golf, bowling, bean bag toss, a “dinosaur dig,” pie throwing, a ball toss and more. $10 wristband for games. Food for sale. Proceeds will support the school. Info: 298-4022. Mill Around the Village Bluegrass Festival • SA (9/25), 11am-5pm - The fourth annual festival will be held in Swannanoa’s Beacon Village. Bluegrass music and other Appalachian specialties, such as historic toys, old-timey games and foods traditionally prepared by costumed locals. Info: http://millaroundthevillage. com.

Music Pre-Blue Ridge Pride Party at Firestorm Cafe w/ Amy Broome (pd.) Warm up for PRIDE at Firestorm Cafe w/ Amy Broome, singer-songwriter from Charlotte, NC. Playing originals from the NEW CD Let It Get You! www.amybroome.com African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • SUNDAYS, 2-3pm Beginner. Cantaria Cantaria is a community chorus for gay and gay-supportive men who enjoy singing a wide variety of choral literature for men’s voices. Info: 254-9264 or www. cantariaasheville.org. • SUNDAYS, 5-7pm Rehearsals.

Events at First Baptist Church Located at 5 Oak St. (corner of Charlotte St. and I-240) in downtown Asheville. Info: www.fbca.net or 252-4781. • TH (9/23), 7pm - The Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (KSOC) will perform. No tickets required. Admission is free and open to the public. First Baptist Church of Black Mountain Located at 130 Montreat Road. Info: 669-6461 or fbcblkmtn@bellsouth.net. • SU (9/26), 6pm - Adult and youth gospel singers from the Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church will perform in concert. Haywood Community Band Concerts are presented at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie ValleyTown Hall, and are free to attend. Bring a picnic dinner. Info: 452-5553 or 452-7530 or www.haywoodcommunityband.org. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Rehearsals at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend. Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: www.ashevillebarbershop.com or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Music at First United Methodist Church • TH (9/23), 7pm - Clayton Jordan, professional ventriloquist and musician, will perform at First Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 566 S. Haywood St. Dessert will follow. $10. Info: 454-0878 or rhunziker@ bellsouth.net. Music on the Rock Concert Series Presented by Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy. in Flat Rock. The concerts will span Broadway, country, bluegrass, pop and rock favorites. $19/concert. Tickets & info: 693-0731, (866) 732-8008 or www. flatrockplayhouse.org. • SU (9/26) through TU (9/28) - “The Great White Way: 50 Years of Broadway’s Best,” will be performed. $22. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women 18+ who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866-824-9547 or www. songosky.org.

• MONDAYS, 6:45pm Rehearsal at Reed Memorial Baptist Church on Fairview Road. (enter parking lot on Cedar St.). Guests welcome. The Brevard Philharmonic Performances are held at Brevard College’s Porter Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets & info: 884-4221 or www. BrevardPhilharmonic.org. • SU (9/26), 3-5pm - Internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine will perform the Bruch Scottish Fantasy. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Overture to “Fidelio” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, the “Reformation.” $25. The Carolina Theatre A cultural event center located at 91 Locust Ave., downtown Spruce Pine. Info: 766-5525 or www.thecarolinabarndance.org. • FRIDAYS, 7-10pm - Open Stage & Dance. $3 donation. If you’d like to be up on stage, e-mail guitarted_phool@yahoo.com. WCU Musical Events Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Tickets or info: 227-2479 or http://fapac.wcu.edu. • FR (9/24), 7:30pm - Celtic and bluegrass by the Hunt Family. $25/$20 seniors/$5 students.

Theater Asheville Adult Theatre Improvisation Classes (pd.) A fun and dynamic 6 week class culminating in performance. • October 4-November 8. • Mondays 6pm-7:30pm. • $90 for the sessions or $80 prepay by September 25. • Information/registration: (828) 507-1622 or mariati00@hotmail.com Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or www. ashevilletheatre.org. • Through SU (10/3) - The musical Oliver will be performed. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm & Sun., 2:30pm. $22/$19 seniors and students/$12 children. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 6930731 or www.flatrockplayhouse.org. • WE (9/22) through SU (10/17) - The Drowsy Chaperone, “a ‘20s


Broadway song and dance frolic.â&#x20AC;? $40. Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or www.montfordparkplayers.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Through SU (10/3) - Twelfth Night directed by Dusty McKeelan. Theater at UNCA Performances take place in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. â&#x20AC;˘ TH (9/23) through SA (9/25), 8pm - Theatre UNCA: One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams. At Carol Belk Theater. $10/$8 faculty & staff/$5 students. Info: http://drama.unca.edu/ theatre-unca. â&#x20AC;˘ FR (9/24), 8pm - Nearly Lear, King Lear retold, a onewoman show by Susanna Hamnett. $20/$15 faculty & staff & alumni/$5 students. Info: www.unca.edu/culturalarts. Tryon Little Theater Performances are held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: 859-2466, tryonlittletheater@gmail.com or www. tltinfo.org. â&#x20AC;˘ TH (9/23) through SU (10/3) - Welcome to Mitford, a drama/comedy by Robert Inman. Performances are held Thur.-Sat., 8pm and Sun., 3pm. $15.

Film Asheville Food & Environmental Film Festival (AFEFF) â&#x20AC;˘ WE (9/22) through SA (9/25) - The AFEFF will feature 17 international films (15 Asheville premieres) that primarily focus on solutions regarding food and environmental issues. The festival will also feature Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first and only Solar Cinema, two farm dinners, local cooking demos and tastings, live music and special guests. For a complete schedule of screenings and events: www.freshasheville. com.

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Thursdays, 10-11am, Bellydance and Stretch, 6:30-7:30pm: Bollywood and Bhangra â&#x20AC;˘ Info: (828) 242-7595 or www.lisazahiya.com Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: www.tangoasheville.com. â&#x20AC;˘ SUNDAYS, 7-9pm Argentine Tango Practica at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Rd. $5 for members/$6 for nonmembers. Asheville Culture Project A cultural arts community center offering ongoing classes in Capoeira Angola and Samba percussion. Other instructors, groups and organizations are invited to share the space. Info: www.ashevillecultureproject. org. â&#x20AC;˘ WEEKLY - Capoeira Angola, an Afro-Brazilian martial art taught and practiced through a game involving dance, music, acrobatics, theater and the Portuguese language. Mondays, 7-9pm, beginners class; Wednesdays, 7-9pm, intermediate class; Fridays, 7-9pm, intermediate class; Saturdays, 10am-Noon, beginners class. $12 (free for first timers on 2nd and 4th Sat.). Info: www.capoeiraasheville.org. Beginner Clogging Class â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - Beginner Clogging Class held by the Mountain Thunder Cloggers at the Oakley Community Center in Asheville. Eight-week session $40. Half price for additional family members. No experience or partner needed. Family-oriented. To register: www.mtnthundercloggers.org or 490-1226. Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 3334272 or www.ashevillemorris.us. â&#x20AC;˘ MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. Skyland Twirlers Western square dancing at the Senior Opportunity Center (not just for seniors), 36 Grove St., near the Federal Building in downtown Asheville. Info: 6506405. â&#x20AC;˘ FR (9/24), 7-9:30pm - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foot Ball Square Dance.â&#x20AC;? $5 for nonmembers. Call for details. Southern Lights SDC

A nonprofit square-dance club. Square dancing is friendship set to music. Info: 694-1406 or 697-4244. â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS - Classes in Western Style Square Dancing at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center, Stoney Mountain Road, Hendersonville. Registration at 7pm. Dancing 7:309:30pm. First two classes are free. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ swingasheville.com. â&#x20AC;˘ TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner swing and lindy hop dance lessons at 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. $12 per week. 4week workshop. No partner needed.

Auditions & Call to Artists Arts & Crafts Holiday Market at Beech Glen Seeks Artists â&#x20AC;˘ The fourth annual Arts and Crafts Holiday Market at Beech Glen Community Center on Dec. is looking for local artists and crafters who would like to participate in this juried show. Info: 6895117 or 689-2112. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or www.acofhc.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Through FR (10/29) - Artists submission for the juried and judged exhibition Fiber Art are due. The categories are wearable, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. $20 entry fee. Asheville Holiday Parade Accepting Applications â&#x20AC;˘ Through SU (10/3) - Applications for the 64th annual Asheville Holiday Parade are available to download from Nature Center www.ashevilleparade.org. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade will be held Nov. 20 at 11am with the theme ofâ&#x20AC;?Mountain Magic.â&#x20AC;? Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off of Eagle St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or www.castellphotography. com. â&#x20AC;˘ Through (10/2) - Deadline to submit photo-based works for the upcoming juried exhibition titled The Human Condition, which explores human existence in a political, social or personal context.

Class Act Players A youth acting company in WNC that performs and studies materials exploring theater in all of its diversity, from Shakespeare to modern productions. Info: http:// ClassActPlayers.org. â&#x20AC;˘ SU (9/26), 1-4pm - Auditions for CAP membership will be held at Mars Hill Baptist Church. Open to actors ages 12-18. Come prepared with a 90s monologue. Performances at the Parkway Playhouse The historic Parkway Playhouse is located at 202 Green Mountain Dr. (just north of the downtown square) in Burnsville. Tickets & info: 682-4285 or www. parkwayplayhouse.com. â&#x20AC;˘ SA (9/25), 10am-3pm & SU (9/26), 2-5pm Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held. Seeking 20-30 performers ages 6 and up. Adults should be prepared to read and sing. Children and adults interested in ensemble/chorus roles only should audition at 2pm on Sun. Scarecrow Festival & Craft Show A Buncombe County Parks & Recreation Family Fun Festival at Lake Julian Park. Free. Info: 250-4260 or grace.young@buncombecounty.org. â&#x20AC;˘ FR (9/24) - Deadline for participating local artisans, crafters and vendors to reserve a space in the festival, to be held on Oct. 2. $35/$40.

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consciousparty What: “It’s Big Time,” a circus-

boys who are waiting, sometimes up to a year, for a Big Brother,” states the press release.

style event and fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina

Where: Jewish Community Center of Asheville, 236 Charlotte St.

When: Sunday, Sept. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. ($10 adults/$5 children/$25 for a family of four. Info: bigtimecircus. com or 253-1470).

Why: With clowns, jugglers,

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magicians and musicians, It’s Big Time promises to deliver a circusstyle extravaganza for the whole family. The best part of the deal: All proceeds from the festivities “will support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ efforts to recruit 60 new adult ‘Bigs’ this fall. This recruitment drive can be the start of something big for the

Rain or shine, It’s Big Time will feature acrobatic feats performed by Asheville Aerial Artists; juggling tricks and skits by members of the local performance troupe Asheville Runaway Circus; vignettes by the zany, fringe-arts performance collective Asheville Vaudeville; live music by Firefly Soda and a sweet scoop of ice-cream provided by The Hop Ice Cream Café. Bring the family and be prepared for an afternoon of tantalizing, wowinspiring performances that support Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, a nonprofit on a mission to “match children (ages 6-14) from singleparent families with caring, adult mentors.”

benefitscalendar Calendar for September 22 - 30, 2010 Annual Oriental Rug Event • WE (9/29) through SA (10/2), 11am-7pm - Oriental Rug Event, featuring more than 300 handknotted rugs made by fairly paid adults, from 2’x 3’ to 10’x 14’ and runners. At the Lutheran Church of the Nativity, 2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden. Asheville Area Piano Forum Benefit Concert Info: www.ashevilleareapianoforum.org. • SU (9/26), 3pm - The 10th Anniversary Fall Benefit Concert, featuring pianists William Baunach, Karen Boyd, Scott Camp, John Cobb and Philip Dettra, will be held at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. $20/$5 students. Proceeds benefit AAPF charitable and educational activities. Asheville Extreme Golf Tournament • SU (9/26) - The tournament will be held the Municipal Golf Course, 226 Fairway Dr., and will raise funds for MANNA and Brother Wolf, while helping replenish some of the trees that have fallen on the historic golf course. Register: 298-1867 or www.raceforawesomeness.com. Asheville Humane Society Located at 14 Forever Friend Lane (I-26 to Brevard Road Exit). View photos of animals currently available for adoption online. Foster homes needed. Info: 761-2001 or www.ashevillehumane.org. • Through SA (9/25) - Accepting donations for the upcoming Garage Sale at Biltmore Park on Oct. 2 benefitting AHS. Info: 777-4499. Benefits for Eliada Info: www.eliada.org. • Through SU (10/31) - Eliada’s annual Corn Maze features 12 acres of trails with attractions like corn cannons, pedal carts, a slack-line challenge, a cow train and more. Open Fri., 4-10pm and Sat.-Sun., 10am-7pm. $9. Info: www.fieldsoffun.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from singleparent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc.org or 253-1470. • SU (9/26), 2-5pm - “It’s Big Time,” a circus-style fundraising event for BBBS, featuring Asheville Aerial Arts, members of the Asheville Runaway Circus, the Asheville Vaudeville Troupe, live music by Firefly Soda and ice cream. At the Asheville Jewish

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Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. $10/$5 kids/$25 family of four or more. Info: http://bigtimecircus.com. British Car Club of WNC A club for British car owners and enthusiasts. “The BCCWNC is dedicated to maintaining and expanding interest in British cars of all makes, models and vintages.” Info: www.bccwnc.org. • SA (9/25), 10am-4pm - British Car Show and silent auction to benefit Meals on Wheels in Henderson and Buncombe counties. At Jackson Park in Hendersonville. Info: www. autumninthemountains.org. CarePartners Adult Day Services 6th Annual Participant Art Show • FR (9/24), 4-7pm - Art show in celebration of National Adult Day Services Week. Drawings, paintings, mosaics, collages, photos by the program’s participants available for sale by silent auction. Refreshments and live music. On the CarePartners campus, 68A Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Info: 277-3399. Fall Book Sale • FR (9/24) through SA (10/2), 10am-8pm - Small paperbacks for 50 cents, large paperbacks at $2 and hardcovers at $3. Books on art, science, fiction, sports, plus children’s books and more. Sunday, Sept. 26 hours: 12:30-6pm. At Biltmore Square Mall in the old Zales store. A portion of the proceeds will go to Barnardsville Elementary. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 697-4725 or www.henderson.lib.nc.us. • SA (9/25), 10am-5pm - The 30th annual sale will feature books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl. Fill a bag for $5. Held at 1940 Spartanburg Hwy., Hendersonville. North Buncombe Association Dinner/Music Fundraiser • FR (9/24) - Fundraiser. All proceeds will go to help fund legal expenses related to the appeal of the Blue Ridge Concrete Plant Air Quality Permit and to defending their libel suit. $25 suggested donation. Info: www.nbacc.info. Paws With a Purpose A nonprofit organization of volunteers and their pets who provide animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapy services to people with social, emotional and cognitive needs in

health care and educational facilities. Info: 301-5737 or www. pawswithapurpose.org. • SA (9/25), 8am-Noon - Annual rummage sale at 21 Shannon Drive, off Fairview Road, Asheville. Rain or shine. Polk County Red Cross • SA (9/25), 8am-2pm & SU (9/26), 2-4pm - The Hidden Treasures Rummage Sale will be held at 231 Ward St. in Columbus. Sunday’s sale will feature half-price deals. Info: www.redcrosswnc.org. •Donations are urgently needed. For pick up: 894-2700. Voices of Hope: Parents Talk to Parents About Eating Disorders • TH (9/30), 6-8pm - Panel discussion with audience questions answered about eating disorders, disordered eating, emotional eating. Benefits THE Center for Disordered Eating. At The Health Adventure, Pack Place. $10, dinner and educational materials included.Info: 337-4685. Warren Wilson College Homecoming Kickoff • TH (9/30) - Jar-e will perform at Pisgah Brewing. The general public is welcome. $1 on every Pale Ale purchased will go to support the Warren Wilson College Fund. WNC AIDS Project Info: www.wncap.org or 252-7489. • SA (9/25) - The annual Raise Your Hand Dinner & Auction will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Asheville. There will be a silent and live auction. YWCA Black & White Gala • TH (9/30), 6:30pm - Gala at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. Music by Westsound, a silent auction and food from local restaurants. All proceeds will go to support YWCA programs, which bridge gaps in child care, education, health care and earning power. Black-and-white attire encouraged. Tickets & info: 254-7206, ext. 207 or www.ywcaofasheville.org.

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More than a half-million children in the U.S. take anti-psychotic medicines, and “Even the most reluctant [doctors] encounter a marketing juggernaut that has made anti-psychotics the nation’s top-selling class of drugs by revenue, $14.6 billion last year, with prominent promotions aimed at treating children,” The New York Times reported in September. In one psychiatrist’s waiting room, the Times reporter observed, “Children played with Legos stamped with the word Risperdal,” an antipsychotic made by Johnson & Johnson. (The company, which recently lost its patent on the drug, said it has stopped handing out the toys — which it insisted weren’t toys but advertising reminders for doctors.)

The litigious society

• In April, three self-described bisexual men sued the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance for disqualifying them from the 2008 Gay Softball World Series in Seattle because they weren’t sufficiently gay. Teams were limited to two heterosexuals, and when questions were raised about the three after their team took second place, organizers took them aside and asked “intrusive” questions about their sexual attractions and desires before disqualifying them for being too straight. (The alliance acknowledged that it has no standards for judging “gayness” but explained that, as a private organization, it’s not subject to federal law.) • Justine Winter, 17, badly injured in a car crash in Flathead County, Mont., in March 2009, filed a lawsuit in July 2010 against the pregnant driver she hit and killed (along with the woman’s 13-year-old son). Nonetheless, Winter has been charged with two counts of homicide, based on text messages she sent her estranged boyfriend minutes before the crash. “If I won [you],” she texted, “I would have you ... and I wouldn’t crash my car.” Also, “That’s why I’m going to wreck my car. Because all I can do is f**k up. Because I am a terrible person, and I know it.” Also, “Goodbye ... my last words.” Now, however,

Winter says the woman she hit was driving negligently and that construction companies failed to properly maintain the roadway. • Earlier this year, Craig Smallwood of Hawaii sued the makers of Lineage II for failing to warn him that he’d become so addicted to playing the online virtual-world game that he’d be “unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.” (Smallwood claims to have spent 20,000 hours playing Lineage over the last five years.) In August, Judge Alan Kay declined to dismiss the suit.

Ironies

• Between suicide, murder, assault, drunken driving and drug use, the soldiers of the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, have statistically been in greater peril stateside than while deployed in Iraq. “Being back [home] is what we don’t do well,” Lt. Col. David Wilson told The New York Times in July. The brigade lost only one soldier to combat in Iraq during the past year, but stateside, seven people were killed and four died in crimes committed by brigade personnel. • Challenging Times for Labor Unions: (1) At a July rally in Washington, D.C., denouncing employers who hire nonunion carpenters, many of the chanting protesters were nonunion day workers hired by the carpenters’ union to make the demonstration look bigger, according to a Wall Street Journal report. (2) In August, Jim Callaghan, a longtime writer on the headquarters staff of the United Federation of Teachers, was fired after trying to organize his colleagues into their own union local. Callaghan said UFT staff deserve the same protections as the teachers they represent. (A federation spokesman said most UFT employees are already unionized.)

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Compelling explanations

• Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes of Colorado explained in August that although he’d initially supported such green programs as Denver’s innovative bike-sharing project, he’s now realized that they’re actually plots. “If you do your homework and research, you realize that [encouraging people to park their cars and ride bikes in the city] is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty.” • In June, Bruce Tuck, who’d confessed in December to a series of rapes in Martin, Tenn., was sentenced to 60 years in prison and faces still more charges, tried to withdraw his confession. Tuck said he wasn’t of sound mind at the time because, despite weighing 275 pounds, he was being held in jail on a “lettuceonly” diet and thus was unusually vulnerable when a detective offered him a bag of chips to admit to the charges.

Least-competent criminals

Convicted burglar Gerald Maxwell, 39, caught in August breaking into the same Sarasota, Fla., home he’d hit in 2009, told police, “I was going back in there to leave a thank-you note, because I’m the guy who burglarized this place last year, and I just got out of jail.”

Update

Convicted in 2003 of murdering his wife, North Carolina resident Michael Peterson was sentenced to life in prison, but one of his lawyers, T. Lawrence Pollard, has relentlessly offered the alternative theory (though not during the trial) that Mrs. Peterson was instead killed by a rogue owl. Earlier this year, Raleigh’s News & Observer ran a series on deficiencies in the state’s original investigation (without mentioning owls), and in August, Pollard filed affidavits by an owl expert (saying Mrs. Peterson’s injuries were consistent with an attack by “a large bird of prey”) and by scientists offering to DNA-test what investigators say might be a faint microscopic “feather” from the crime scene.

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The last few years have seen a surge of popularity for the gluten-free diet, which has left some wondering if the increasing concern is a fad akin to the Atkins diet. Laurie Steenwyck, dietitian at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville,

says that cases of Celiac disease have increased since the 1950s. At this point, there is only speculation as to why; perhaps it is environmental, or maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the fructose in wheat thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to digest. According to the Mayo Clinic, 1 out of 33 people in the U.S. are gluten-intolerant. Globally, the figure is closer to 35 percent. What many donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know is that gluten-intolerance and Celiac disease arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same thing. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder that causes the body to not tolerate any amount of gluten whatsoever. People with gluten-intolerance, however, can eat varying levels of gluten, says Ingles dietician Leah McGrath. While it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cause damage to the body, they may feel discomfort.

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Asheville: Doc Chey’s Asian Kitchen doccheys.com World’s Best Carrot Cake worldsbestcarrotcake.com Blue Ridge Dining Room at the Grove Park Inn groveparkinn.com Café Azalea cafeazaleaasheville.com Chai Pani chaipani.net Mela Indian Restaurant melaasheville.com Luella’s Barbecue luellasbarbeque.com Roots Café rootsfood.com Salsa’s Mexican Caribbean salsas-asheville.com Tupelo Honey tupelohoneycafe.com Urban Burrito urbanburrito.com Firestorm Café and Books firestormcafe.com Green Light Café greenlightcafe.com Heiwa Shokudo Heiwashokudo.com Posana Café posanacafe.com

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• WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - The Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. in Asheville, welcomes all persons to come, eat and enjoy fellowship. All meals are made from scratch, healthy and free. Info: 337-4944.

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Check out the Food Calendar online at www.mountainx.com/events for info on events happening after September 30.

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If you would like to submit a food-related event for the Food Calendar, please use the online submission form found at: http://www.mountainx.com/events/submission. In order to qualify for a free listing, your event must cost no more than $40 to attend and be sponsored by and/or benefit a nonprofit. If an event benefits a business, or cost more than $40, you’ll need to submit a paid listing: 251-1333.

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Still having your cake: Green Sage and many other local restaurants can accommodate those who can’t have gluten — just ask. Scratch Made

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Making the wheat-free leap

Many who do not have any gluten intolerance say that they feel better when they avoid gluten. Hajo Engelke owns Durham-based Custom Choice Cereal, a mail-order company that lets customers create their own blend of cereal by choosing from a selection of gluten-free ingredients like nuts and dried fruit. Engelke is not gluten intolerant, but says when he cut gluten out of his diet for a month, he felt less tired. Others also attest to having more energy when going gluten-free. For more information, visit customchoicecereal.com. Going gluten-free is an adjustment that sometimes has to happen overnight, and it’s never easy cutting out a major source in your diet. Rachel Rasmussen, a Warren Wilson College student, recently discovered she has Celiac disease. She had been dealing with stomach problems for years and, after going gluten-free, says her digestion has greatly improved. “At first I was really frustrated,” said Rasmussen. “I didn’t know what to do, I’m a baker. But since then I’ve been experimenting with different flours and it’s fun.” It’s a relief for her to know what was going on with her digestion.

So where to eat?

When you want to dine out, Asheville and the surrounding area is full of gluten-free options. In the mood for pizza? Try Digable Pizza and Deli in West Asheville or Acropolis Pizza in Arden. Both have gluten-free (and vegan) options on their menu. Other top spots to go to include West Asheville’s Sunny Point Café. Options off their menu include molten lava cake, orange-scented pancakes and huevos rancheros. Downtown Asheville’s Green Sage will gladly substitute gluten-free bread on any of their sandwiches. From there, head towards the obelisk in Pack Square, and you’ll find Posana. Posana offers a wide selection of gluten-free dishes, including a carrot cake with mascarpone frosting. When asked what would make Asheville even more gluten-free friendly, Peter Pollay, co-owner and executive chef of Posana, said that every restaurant “needs to have awareness

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about the gravity of Celiac [disease].” Many people don’t know that even a tiny bit of gluten can wreak havoc on the body, he says. Right across town, perennial vegetarian haunt, The Laughing Seed, also caters to the gluten-free crowd. Looking for a personalized experience? True Color Cooking is a personal chef service that can accommodate a number of allergies. More and more grocery stores are now labeling their items gluten-free. Earth Fare has posted signs to indicate gluten-free options, and Ingles has a wide variety of products, too. One thing to keep in mind when shopping for gluten-free items is that it isn’t necessary to specifically buy jams, teas, sauces and other products labeled gluten-free. Usually gluten is not present in these things, although some teas may contain barley-malt. Gluten can be an unsuspecting ingredient in a lot of food products — just read the ingredient list, not the labels.

Did you know?

One way a dining establishment can ensure that food doesn’t end up falling subject to gluten cross-contamination, a real concern for those with celiac disease, is to get certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America. GIG trains restaurant staff to notice what is and isn’t gluten-free, and how to avoid gluten contamination. Asheville and Hendersonville both have gluten-free support groups that are branches of the GIG. The Asheville group meets the third Tuesday of every month. Sheila Horine, who heads the Asheville chapter, says that they regularly feature educational speakers, tastings of gluten-free products and discussions about good food options for those unable to eat gluten. Horine says that the increasing amount of gluten-free products is creating a whole new level of awareness on the issue. To learn more, visit ashevillegig.org. X Melody Grace Miller is a creative writing major at Warren Wilson College and can be reached at mmiller@warren-wilson.edu.


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Once upon a time, two Yale students met, married and decided to take their foodie sensibilities on the road. Jane and Michael Stern spent plenty of time crossing the country, searching for the very best of U.S. road food. In 2009, they published their findings in the rather ominously titled 500 Things to Eat Before it’s Too Late (and the very best places to eat them). The duo managed to visit Asheville in their travels, stopping off at Tomato Jam Café, a quaint establishment in the midst of the hustle and bustle that is the Mission Hospital area on Biltmore Avenue. There, the Sterns tried Tomato Jam’s “tawny whole-grain cathead biscuits,” declaring them among “the magnificent seven best biscuits” they found in their travels. Chef Daniel Wright says that he feels honored to have his biscuits named in the book. “It feels great, especially being in a place where it’s competitive ... A lot of people around here try to make really good biscuits. To be in a top spot with something like that, it’s great.” “We’re the only Asheville restaurant that made it into the book,” adds owner Deb Maddox, who bought the business as a turnkey operation early this summer. The biscuits are, indeed, damn good. They’re whole wheat, but still somehow light, with a

rich buttery flavor and a touch of sweetness. Topped with some of the restaurant’s homemade jam, they make for a great nibble. Chef Wright agrees. “It’s still pretty light. It’s not overly filling, it doesn’t sit heavy like a lot of whole wheat things do sometimes. So, it’s a mix of healthy and comfortable.” Wright adds that the new Tomato Jam team has made a few improvements, but kept the overall flavor and feel of the restaurant intact. “I feel we’ve only added to what [the previous owners] already had. We’ve kept a lot of things the same and tweaked some others,” says Wright. “It’s nice to step it up a notch and do some things that are untraditional or maybe a little unorthodox to the original Tomato Jam way, but still keep the basic favorites.” But back to the biscuits. It is National Biscuit Month, after all. Maddox and Wright say that their whole-wheat biscuits will soon find their way into a grab-and-go breakfast menu that the eatery will launch in early October. “We’ll be implementing the biscuits more in our breakfast by having build-a-biscuits,” says Maddox. “So people can take it and go.”

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Buy One — Get One FREE Available after 11:30 am daily with this coupon (Expires 10/31/2010) Barcade: The building that used to house the Joli Rouge may not look like much now, but come December, it will be filled with pinball and arcade games, vintage and modern. auctioning off an entire staffed dinner party for up to 60 people, complete with drinks and an assortment of sweet and savory treats from AIR member restaurants. Proceeds from the auction benefit the organization’s Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarship program, which places culinary students in AB-Tech’s award-winning program, and helps pay for tuition and student expenses. AIR has a history of giving back, says Elizabeth Sims, who handles marketing and communications for the restaurant group. Annually, AIR donates two scholarships to culinary students from Buncombe County. FRS, a local foodservice equipment supplier, also provides the students with a start-up kit of knives and uniforms — expenses that can easily add up. Sims says that AIR is currently working to increase the number of scholarships offered yearly from two to six. “This auction is one part of their effort to direct more funds for that purpose,” she adds. AIR has dubbed the all-inclusive dinner the “Ultimate Party” — and the moniker sounds appropriate. For starters, the Ramble in Biltmore Forest has donated use of its spacious Living Well center, a recently built and state-of-the-art building, bordered by woods and equipped with a fireplace. Participating restaurants include Luella’s Barbecue, Mela, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian and Frankie Bones, making for an eclectic and varied menu. And what would a party be without libations? Local wine and beer will be donated by the Biltmore Estate and Green Man Brewing, respectively. “It would be perfect for holidays, especially for an office holiday party, or if you belong to a club or association and you want to have some kind of get-together,” says Sims. “It

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would also be great for a birthday party or a special anniversary.” “It’s all-inclusive, so everything is taken care of,” she adds. “All you have to do is invite people to come. It’s a great value and a sweet deal for somebody that wants to make it really easy on themselves.” Bidding started at $500 and runs through the month’s end. The estimated value is approximately $5,500. Bids may be placed at chefsoftomorrow.com. The Ultimate Party can be scheduled from October 1 until December 18.

Arcade Fire

Have you been wondering if anything will ever occupy the space on Pack Square at the corner of Market Street that used to house Joli Rouge? The wait is over. Asheville resident Joshua Aaron, with business partner Leonard Poe, recently signed a lease on the property and is in the process of renovations to open up the planned Arcade. The space will be filled with classic pinball machines and a number of vintage arcade games, as well as some modern additions. At press time, Aaron and team were debating whether or not to install a Wii lounge. Though the space is intended as a lounge/ bar, Arcade will not cater solely to the bar crowd, Aaron says. He hopes, in fact, to keep the space family-friendly during the day hours. To that end, the bar will serve a full menu. Arcade is slated to open in mid-December of this year. As of now, the business does not have a website. However, questions appear to be fielded rather rapidly on the Facebook page — just look for Arcade Asheville. X Send your food news and story ideas to Mackensy Lunsford at food@mountainx.com.

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Another Brewgrass has come and gone, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in training for the next local beer fest. Speaking of training, six local breweries are recruiting teams to compete in a number of contests that will take place during the Asheville Downtown Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oktoberfest celebration on Wall Street. on Saturday, Oct. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. Participating local breweries are Asheville Brewing, Craggie Brewing, Green Man Brewing, Highland Brewing, French Broad Brewing and Pisgah Brewing. Beer lovers can sign up to be on any of these breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams by going to their tasting rooms and filling out an application. By Sunday, Oct. 3, each brewery will select a team of four to represent them in the Oktoberfest games. Team members must be over 21. The games will include keg rolling, stein races, Dizzy Gnome, a Bratwurst-eating contest and an alphorn-blowing contest. Points will be awarded for each category. Also, teams will receive additional points based on the most creative â&#x20AC;&#x153;uniforms.â&#x20AC;? At the end of Oktoberfest, the winning brewery team will be crowned. Tickets for the event are $25 and are on sale at ashevilledowntown.org.

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Blue Ridge Brew-off results

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Blue Ridge Brew-off, hosted by local group Mountain Ale and Lager Tasters (MALT), took place at Highland Brewing Company on Sept. 11. There were 341 entries in 27 different categories, from IPAs to Strong Ales to Belgians to Meads. While most of the brewers came from the Southeast region, a few made the trek from as far as Utah and Colorado to showcase their home brews. The top winners are: Best of Show, First Place to David Keller of Bat Cave, N.C., for his Old McBat, strong Scotch Ale; Best of Show, Second Place to Norm Penn of Asheville for his Hefeweizen; Best of Show, Third Place to Bobby Don Johnson of Maurice, La., for his Mob Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Schwarzbier; First Place in the Mead/Cider category to Joel Masters of Cayce, S.C., for his The Helmet II; and the Dr George Fix Award to Ayuh Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Mainers of Asheville, for their Blazinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ESB. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said it before: This area has an amazingly strong and diverse assortment of homebrewers who really know their hops and barley. Keep it up, MALTers. X Send your brews news to Anne Fitten Glenn at brewgasmavl@gmail.com.


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arts&entertainment “At the very least it will be amusing”

Aimee Mann, from MTV to Broadway (by way of the Orange Peel) by Alli Marshall Much has been written of Aimee Mann. She dropped out of Berklee College of Music and then went on to build one of the most intellectual music careers to date. She first rose to fame as the platinum-haired front woman of ‘80s pop-band ‘Til Tuesday, only to reject the world of big labels and top-40 hits in favor of creative control and an alt-country-meets-urban-folk sound. But watch a video of Mann performing her new-wave anthem, “Voices Carry” in 1985, her speaking voice aloof in contrast to her dynamic vocal, and there’s the sense that she always was who she is now (and, indeed, Mann seems to have aged little in the last two-and-ahalf decades). What has changed is the music industry. “Right when I got into it was when MTV was really taking off,” Mann recalls. “People didn’t really pay attention to image. ... When I was in my early 20s I was kind of aware that was at least a factor that was going to be more paid attention to. Then it got totally out of hand. It

who:

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Friday, Sept. 24 (8 p.m., $23 advance/$25 doors. theorangepeel.net) was, ‘Ugh, this is all image and no content and I feel ripped off.’” On the contrary, Mann’s work tends to be content-heavy. Her 2005 album, The Forgotten Arm, is an off-handedly poppy 12-song collection that plays well as individual tracks (and features the unmistakable guitar work by singer/songwriter-turned-producer Joe Henry). But the album is intended as a concept package, telling in vignettes the star-crossed romance between Vietnam vet/boxer Joe, who meets his girlfriend Caroline at a state fair, circa the 1970s. In Mann’s signature style, this is not a ride-off-

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In her own image: Aimee Mann has always cared more about content than appearance. photo by sheryl nields

into-the-sunset love story, but rather a dark view of the tender emotion. Joe is an alcoholic; Caroline just can’t quit him. Only, wait, maybe she can. Two more albums followed Arm — One More Drifter in the Snow in 2006 and @#%&*! Smilers in 2008 — but it’s Arm that Mann is returning to, with sights on a Broadway musical. “It’s a learning curve and it’s a different approach,” she says of the process. “It just takes forever because you do initial readings, and then you listen to actors say the words and sing the songs and then you go, ‘Oh, I had no idea this was such a problem!’ And then it’s back to the drawing board, and you rewrite and change scenes and put whole new characters in. To go from the readings and initial staging to a real staging in a theatre somewhere takes years.” Plus Arm didn’t originate with a musical in mind and Mann sees the irony in the project. “Especially big Broadway voices,” she points out. “At the very least it will be amusing.” In fact, a musical is a huge undertaking. New songs are in the works to flesh out the story line, because “Pop music in general is kind of amorphous, talking about how you feel about a thing instead of speaking like a conversation.” Mann does think she’ll play a couple new songs from the musical on her current tour, “You know, ‘cause why not. If there’s a tour it’s fun to have new stuff to play.” The singer/songwriter’s most recent album is Smilers, the fill-in-the-blank expletive in the title comes, according to press for the album, “from a phrase Mann has long used to humorously lampoon the unrelentingly happy, shiny, smiley-faced pop culture that surrounds us all today.” But the album itself is neither angry nor coarse. It’s Mann’s brand of thinking-man’s pop,

blending clever hooks with wry observations about life and the human condition. “You’ve got a lot of money but you can’t afford the freeway,” she sings on the lead track. Asked if road-testing her material changes her relationship to her songs, Mann answers, “Not with [Smilers], certainly earlier. But you’d have to go back a long time.” “As I go along I try to really refine what I want to hear and the standards that I set myself,” she explains. “I think they’re probably not going to change that much. Hopefully you’ll get better and better, but I think it’s in your 20s or early 30s where there’s drastic leads when you go, ‘Oh! It never even occurred to me that I could write a song like that.’ If you’ve done your job right, you’ve been trying to learn all along.” But as much as Mann maintains, the music industry — with which she was often at odds — has crumbled around her. And she’s not sorry. “The falling apart of the music business is kind of good news and bad news because nothing matters anymore,” she says. “In the old days, record companies would care about stuff like that. Nobody buys records anymore anyway, so it’s kind of become a free-for-all that is just about music. You have these super-pop, completely manufactured songs-written-for-them, stylists-called-in, spokesmen-for-products-andclothing-lines people, and then everybody else who can’t make any money anyway, who are either doing it for attention or for fun.” It doesn’t take more than the first couple notes of any Aimee Mann song to know where she fits into that equation. X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@ mountainx.com.


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The YWCA’s dance party returns

Westsound’s music will get you moving (and smiling) by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt The sixth annual Black & White Gala is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the YWCA of Asheville. “First and foremost, the Gala is a dance party,” says Ami Worthen, the YWCA’s marketing director. “People are there to have fun and to dance with all kinds of people who they might not normally be on the dance floor with: It really brings people together.” Festive black-and-white attire is encouraged, and proceeds from the evening dinner-and-dance party benefit the YWCA’s mission to “eliminate racism and empower women.” This will be the third year that local band Westsound will perform at the Gala. “We keep asking them back because they get everybody moving and smiling,” Worthen says. Performing a variety of Motown, blues, R&B and hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, the band takes pride in its ability to bring people together through music. “It’s an all-inclusive event, and fun is the main ingredient,” says Regina Duke, the band’s lead singer. “People start to sing along [with us],” Duke says. “There are so many diverse people coming together, and [our] music has a way of

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The YWCA of Asheville’s sixth annual Black & White Gala.

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A dinner-and-dance party, featuring food, beverages and music from Westsound.

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Crowne Plaza Resort’s Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive.

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Thursday, Sept. 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. ($50. YWCA members receive a 50 percent discount). connecting people. It creates good energy for everyone.” Specializing in high-energy cover songs, Westsound’s music promises to resonate with people of all backgrounds, ages and races, making them an ideal act for the annual Gala. “When they’re ready, we’re ready,” adds keyboardist Randy Weston of the audience. Randy founded the band along with his two brothers, Oscar and Cecil Weston. “And,” Randy adds, “when they’re not ready, we’re still ready!” Always clad in his signature dark-blue shades, Oscar performs on a wireless electric guitar, roaming through the venue and interacting with the audience. He encourages people to get up and dance. “I got to move,”

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says Oscar, laughing. “I can’t stand still: I’m a jumping bean.” Duke considers herself an adopted sister to the Weston brothers. She’s been playing in the band for nine years. “We really put our personalities out there,” she says. Local businesses have stepped forward to support the YWCA by donating items to the Gala’s silent auction, which features a variety of local artwork and gift certificates. With 11 local eateries donating significant amounts of food for the occasion, the buffet-style meal guarantees to offer an abundance of sweetand-savory delights. Participating restaurants include Bouchon French Bistro, Carrabbas, Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana, Frankie Bones, 12 Bones Smokehouse, Westville Pub, Flying Frog Café, Corner Kitchen, Laurey’s Catering and To-Go, West End Bakery and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. As for drinks: Pisgah Brewing will supply the beer and Biltmore Estate Wine Company will donate locally grown and crafted wines for the evening festivities. Last year’s Gala raised $30,000 for the YWCA and its community-service programs. The YWCA provides programs including affordable childcare for babies and preschool children of working parents; a Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Program, which focuses on maintaining the disease through exercise; a Health Outreach Program that conducts diabetes, breast cancer and heart disease screenings; MotherLove, an adolescent pregnancy-prevention program; New Choices, an economic empowerment program for women; and a free after-school program for middle- and high-school students (part of

a gang and dropout prevention program). “People’s lives are transformed by our programs,” Worthen says. “The word ‘empowerment’ in our mission is really an important word for how we approach our services: We want to empower people to make the most of out of their lives. Whether they need affordable childcare or access to computers to [create] a resume, we’re about lifting people up.” It’s also about celebrating diversity, Worthen says. “The beautiful thing about the YWCA is that it is a community center in the true sense of the word: I love it everyday when I come [to the YW] and see people of different ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds.” X Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt can be asezakblatt@mountainx.com.

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Red June releases debut album Remember Me Well by Parrish Ellis

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If there is a common thread running through the local music scene, it may be the modern twists on indigenous mountain music. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one jumping-off point for newcomers Red June, who release their debut, Remember Me Well, this week. All three members are experienced players: John Miller (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Natalya Weinstein (fiddle, vocals) were founders of bluegrass band Lo-Fi Breakdown; Will Straughan (vocals, guitar, resonator guitar/Dobro) toured extensively with the Emma Gibbs Band and accompanies singer/songwriters including Eliza Lynn (who co-bills the CD-release show). Bassist Jeff Hersk holds down the low end. Remember Me Well (funded in part by a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council), is a complex album featuring tasteful picking/bowing on all things stringed. But a foundation of strong songwriting provides the main hook, planting memorable melodies in listenersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heads and drawing them back for more. The albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characteristic sound is deep and lush, with just the right amount of reverb to retain the wood and steel resonance of the acoustic instruments. Xpress spoke to Miller, Straughan and Weinstein about their inspirations, backgrounds and dynamics. Xpress: What is each playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing process and how do the others contribute? Straughan: What inspires me and gives direction to my songs is the feeling behind the melody or the sound of a particular combination of words. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really spend a lot of time â&#x20AC;&#x153;craftingâ&#x20AC;? words.

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Red June, with Eliza Lynn

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The Grey Eagle

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All things stringed: The new albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound is deep and lush, with just the right amount of reverb to retain the resonance of the acoustic instruments. If the lyrics feel overwrought or forced, then they lose their music and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sing them. John and Natalya have always interpreted the music I write without me having to give them any direction. I think we read each other well as players and we try to utilize dynamics, harmonies and song structure in order to make a three-piece sound greater than the sum of its parts. Miller: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m generally a stream-of-consciousness kind-of writer. I like the poetic aspect of songwriting where everything is not completely out there upon first listen. The songs with the most impact for me have a strong emotional component. Will, your songs on this record, especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biscuits and Honeyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run Boy Run,â&#x20AC;? have strong travel imagery. Where did you find inspiration for the stories and characters? Straughan: After a year of college, I moved to the Teton Wilderness in Wyoming to be a cowboy. I learned the ropes from some men and women whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been working the land their whole lives. Some of the images and characters that came from that experience provided a storyline for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biscuits & Honey.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run Boy Runâ&#x20AC;? is kind of an ode to Bob Dylan, but also to anyone who chooses the hard path of their dreams. Can you each talk about your musical background and creative evolution? Straughan: I grew up in Chicago playing classical and jazz trumpet and piano. I picked up the guitar in high school and started singing and writing. Guitar eventually led to mandolin, steel guitar and a love for old blues, bluegrass, folk and Celtic music. The songwriters and players I came to love â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Norman Blake, Neil Young, Elizabeth Cotton, Townes Van Zandt â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could make such a big sound by themselves, but their

material also translated well to being played in full ensembles. Miller: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m originally from Hickory; my grandfather is N.C. Folk Heritage Award-winner Jim Shumate, a bluegrass fiddler with Bill Monroe in the mid 1940s, and also Flatt & Scruggsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first fiddle player. His brother and uncle were oldtime fiddlers and their sister played clawhammer banjo. They all grew up in Wilkes County. Grandpaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story and his music are certainly one of my main musical influences, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m into all kinds of music. I played drums in high school and was really into Led Zeppelin, the Dead and hardcore punk. Weinstein: I started getting into traditional American music during college. I entered from the front end of jazz and newgrass, and worked my way back in time to Bill Monroe and Hank Williams. This journey was greatly influenced by people who were into early bluegrass and country music and introduced me to the old repertoire. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I developed my style of melodic fiddle playing which emphasizes the vocal line and keeps the focus on the song and the singer. Natalya, can you talk about the origin of the fiddle tune â&#x20AC;&#x153;Callahanâ&#x20AC;?? Weinstein: I learned â&#x20AC;&#x153;Callahanâ&#x20AC;? from Jim Shumate. I love Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bluesy, loose style, and have tried to incorporate it into my own fiddling. Because Jim did not go on the road or teach much, there are not many fiddlers carrying on his style and his original tunes. I wanted to acknowledge his influence on my playing as well as his contribution to bluegrass music. X Parrish Ellis plays resonator guitar, banjo, ukulele and other stringed instruments in the Wiyos.


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Eighty-eight keys, many hands

Asheville Area Piano Forum holds its 10th Anniversary Fall Benefit concert by Jaye Bartell

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This year marks a number of Asheville Area milestones for some Asheville Piano Forum music institutions. The Asheville what: Symphony Orchestra began its 10th Anniversary Fall 50th season last week, and this Benefit concert week, the Asheville Area Piano where: Forum performs its 10th Fall Benefit concert. The latter celeDiana Wortham Theatre brates the performance of music, when: while benefiting further generaSunday, Sept. 26 (3 p.m. tions of musicians. $20 adults, $50 patrons, In some ways, the audience ben$5 students ages 13 to 21, efits the most. free for children 12 and The first piece on the program, under. Tickets at 257-4530 Bach’s “Fugue in G Minor,” or 277-4111. www.aapf.ws) arranged for two pianos and four hands, is reason enough to attend. From there, other classical piano works by Chopin, Franz Liszt and Franz Shubert (just two hands for these) braid with jazz numbers by Fazil Say and Dizzy Gillespie (four hands resume!). As one might expect, most of the music is for the piano. Professional jazz and classical pianists in the AAPF’s ranks will perform most of the pieces. AAPF member John Cobb plays one of the two Liszt works on the program, “Legendes No. 2 (St. Francis Walking on the Waves).” Founding members (and current board members) Judith Rodwell and Polly Feitzinger contribute four of the eight hands to the Bach fugue. Many of the other performers have appeared as soloists with the Asheville Symphony and Blue Ridge Orchestra and other orchestras, Feitzinger says. Some of the AAPF’s true beneficiaries — and the true reasons for the benefit— will perform as well. Student Ayano Annis, winner of the advanced category from last spring’s AAPF Piano Competition for precollege students, will perform the third movement of Mozart’s Sonata K332. Another student, 17-year-old cellist Elizabeth Gergel, will perform Piazzolla’s “Tango for Cello and Piano” with AAPF teacher (and pianist) Dan Weiser. The “benefit” has tilted toward the audience again. But to be clear, the concert, teeming with unique interpretations of great music, benefits a great cause: the continuation of music through education by way of the AAPF Student Assistance Fund. The now-annual concert began almost by accident, according to the AAPF’s website. The first performance the Forum gave as a group “was so successful that it raised funds above those needed to cover the expenses of renting its venue, reception and its printed programs. The pleasant dilemma of what to do with the money earned was solved when members decided to lend financial support to students’ families, who were having difficulty paying for private music lessons, as well as to students hoping to attend summer music camps and festivals.” In addition to the fall concert and student recitals, the AAPF hosts a number of instructional lectures each year, open to the public. Topics of some of the six upcoming general meetings include such workshops as “Bach’s Sinfonias: Insight into Teaching and Performing These Miniature Masterpieces,” on Friday, Jan. 21, and “Self-Indulgence Versus Good Taste: Appropriate Use of Rubato”(Rubato denotes a variance or flexibility of tempo, a stylistic flourish that demonstrates the skill and control of the performer. Refer to the piano music of Chopin and Brahms for some examples), on Friday, March 4. Eight local piano instructors established the AAPF in 1992 as an outlet to discuss teaching practices and their general ardor for the piano. Founded upon the fundamental love of keyboard music, “which they hope to foster and share with kindred spirits,” the small roundtable has since expanded to a 90-member nonprofit organization.

Bach to the future: Andrea Adamcova performed at last year’s concert. The annual benefit raises money for young piano students. photo by pavel wlosok

But the AAPF is not limited to practitioners. “Anyone can join the AAPF,” says Feitzinger. “Membership is not limited just to pianists or teachers.” Although the group began as a small circle of professionals, AAPF “expanded to include many piano enthusiasts who wanted to attend our programs and also support our educational mission,” Feitzinger continues. Practice makes perfect; but practice takes time, and time requires money. Each of these elements could constitute a kind of metaphorical chord. The AAPF concert uses these elements to create a great event while enabling the possibility for such events to happen again. The practice, time and resources of the AAPF teachers, musicians and students come together in the form of music, its purpose, in order to simply continue with that purpose. The chord is played, producing overtones that we can all enjoy. The audience at the AAPF’s 10th Annual Fall Benefit concert can experience a lifetime (perhaps several) of study of hundreds of years of music, and contribute to the continuation of that music at the same time. X For more information about the Asheville Area Piano Forum, including upcoming events, visit www.aapf.ws.

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by becky upham

Deciding which shows you should see, so you don’t have to The Suspect: Jimmy Eat World

September 29 – October 2 Event and seminar location: Lutheran Church of the Nativity 2425 Hendersonville Rd., Arden NC 28776 Event hours: Wednesday–Saturday: 11–7

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Formed in Arizona in the early ‘90s by childhood friends Jim Adkins and Zach Lind, Jimmy Eat World was originally more of a punk-rock band. The sound has gradually morphed into indie emo. Its seventh album, Invented, is due out at the end of the month, and marks its third collaboration with producer Mark Trombino, the man behind the group’s two most commercially and critically successful releases, Clarity and Bleed American. Catch them on Late Night with David Letterman two days after their Asheville show. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Wednesday, Sept. 22. RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): All-American Rejects, Third Eye Blind, Sunny Day Real Estate. You Should Go If: You own over 50 pairs of tennis shoes; You overdo it on the bumper stickers and graphic tees as a way of dealing with your deep inner rage; You own the entire DVD collection of The Office; You spent your summer … trying to beat your kids at “Rock Band.”

The Suspect: Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys

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He played John Lennon in an off Broadway production of Beatlemania, and he portrayed Buddy Holly in the movie La Bamba, but Crenshaw is best known for his infectious pop single, “Someday, Someway,” released almost 30 years ago. He is touring in support of his 2009 release, Jaggedland and was recently nominated for a Grammy for cowriting “Walk Hard” from the film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Thursday, Sept. 23. RIYD: Nick Lowe, Graham Parker, Elvis Costello. You Should Go If: Your ideal woman is a combination of Terry Gross, Christiane Amanpour and Angelina Jolie; As a rule you don’t go out to see music because it interferes with your bar trivia schedule; You fail to see anything funny about peace, love and understanding; You spent your summer … trying to wear a fedora and not feel selfconscious.

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Also known as “The Zydeco Sweetheart,” Ledet mastered the accordion in her late teens by watching her future husband, Morris Ledet, play. The New York Times writes, “If the Allman Brothers went zydeco they would probably sound like Ledet,” and the Wall Street Journal raves, “(her) soulful voice kicks her male counterparts right out of the club.” Get there and get down! Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Sunday, Sept. 26. RIYD: Zydeco music. You Should Go If: You pick out your dresses solely on the basis of how they look while twirling; Every two years you ask your partner to consider being in an open relationship; Your version of the “shoulder shake shimmy/ washing machine” combo is ready for prime time; You spent your summer …. with a wooden fan in one hand and a Ragin’ Cajun in the other.

The Suspect: The Hold Steady

When the Hold Steady emerged from Brooklyn onto the 2004 rock scene with their album, Almost Killed Me, Pitchfork described them as, “…a bar band far too good for the bars, a spectacular mess of sprawling guitar, ferocious vocals, and well-channeled, raucous irritation.” Each of the band’s five albums have been critically praised, including their most recent, Heaven Is Whenever. Maxim called them “America’s Greatest Existing Rock Band;” come see if you agree. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Tuesday, Sept. 28. RIYD: Bruce Springsteen, Paul Westerberg, The Grifters. You Should Go If: You were the resident badass of the English department; You are philosophically opposed to “belonging” to a gym; You yo-yo between going to confession every week and being a disciple of Christopher Hitchens; You spent your summer … seeing if you can drink as much as the characters on Mad Men and still keep your job.


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smartbets Henderson County Open Studio Tour

For multi-taskers, this is your art appreciation/weekend drive/cardio in one. Purchase a heavy piece of pottery and you’ve got your strength training as well. But more than that, the Henderson County Open Studio Tour is a chance to meet artists in their work environments. The self-guided tour includes 30 studios and six galleries, spanning from downtown Hendersonville to Etowah, Mills River, Horseshoe and Flat Rock. Crafts include handforged ironwork, seascapes in oil, etchings, cabinetry, mosaic tile, jewelry and more. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26. Info and map at acofhc.org/studio.htm.

Greek Festival

Opa! The annual Greek Festival returns — this year at a new location. The food/music/ dancing/cultural gathering now takes place on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (227 Cumberland Ave.) but all the crowd-pleasing elements remain. Folk dance demonstrations, Greek jewelry and groceries, the cafenion (coffee shop) and educational presentations will be in full-form. Make time (and room) for baklava Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Greensky Bluegrass at Mellow Mushroom

“Like a breath of fresh air, this five-piece band plays traditional bluegrass instruments and uses them to create original songs and soundscapes that are unique and new, yet somehow feel comfortable and familiar,” reads the bio of Michigan-based Greensky Bluegrass. The band won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest in 2006 and since then has been touring near-constantly, sharing stages with bluegrass big wigs, and making their presence felt on Jam Cruise, too. The band’s fall tour leads to Halloween dates in Oregon and Seattle and a New Year’s run in Denver, but not before a stop off in Asheville. “Our debut at the famous Mellow Mushroom, Friday night throwdown!” they say of the Friday, Sept. 24 show. Sanctum Sully opens. 10 p.m. greenskybluegrass.com.

Club phone numbers are listed in Clubland in the (828) area code unless otherwise stated; more details at www. mountainx.com/clubland. Send your Smart Bet requests in to ae@mountainx.com for consideration by the Monday the week prior to publication.

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smartbets BookOpolis

“The Memory Palace is a general designation for mnemonic techniques that rely on memorized spacial relationships to establish, order and recollect memorial content,” explains the Asheville Bookworks website. The term is borrowed from the Greeks and Romans and serves as the theme of this year’s BookOpolis — a weekend event and extended exhibit of book arts. Artists submit up to two works dealing with the subject of memory (“triggers to memory, memory as a function of mapping, unpleasant memory, memory loss or deletion, sensation and memory, animal memory, spacial positioning of thought, architecture of memory, memory-laden language...”); BookOpolis Weekend opens Friday, Sept. 24, 6-9 p.m. at Asheville BookWorks, and continues Saturday, Sept. 25, 1-6 p.m. with letterpress and bookbinding demonstrations. ashevillebookworks.com

LYLAS

“Live! Funny! Girls!” is the tagline for sketch comedy troupe LYLAS (Love Ya Like a Sis) — and truer words were never spoken. Previous productions included LYLAS’ take on a local City Council member, Segway tours, summer camp and song and dance routines. So, what does the new show, Make Funny Long Time, bring? It’s “an original sketch comedy show in the style of Saturday Night Live. Though LYLAS pokes fun at all things locally and globally, their shows have no agenda other than to make people laugh.” Shows Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 23-25, 7:30 p.m. at N.C. Stage. $12 Thursdays, $15 Fridays and Saturdays. lylas.org.

Twelfth Night

Originally this comedy, penned by Shakespeare in the early 1600s, was intended as entertainment during the close of Christmas season. And, fittingly, it’s all about drink and dance and having a good time. Of course, this being Asheville, drink/dance/good times is applicable subject matter for all seasons. Montford Park Players wraps its 2010 outdoor season with the show. It runs Fridays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. nightly, through Sunday, Oct. 3. at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. Donations accepted. (But if you miss this one, or if you think you just can’t wait until spring for the next show, good news: Montford Park Players recently announced an agreement with “the Asheville Masonic Temple, in which its third-floor theatre will become our permanent winter home.”) montfordparkplayers.org.

Club phone numbers are listed in Clubland in the (828) area code unless otherwise stated; more details at www. mountainx.com/clubland. Send your Smart Bet requests in to ae@mountainx.com for consideration by the Monday the week prior to publication.

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where to find the clubs • what is playing • listings for venues throughout Western North Carolina Clubland rules •To qualify for a free listing, a venue must be predominately dedicated to the performing arts. Bookstores and cafés with regular open mics and musical events are also allowed. •To limit confusion, events must be submitted by the venue owner or a representative of that venue. •Events must be submitted in written form by e-mail (clubland@mountainx.com), fax, snail mail or hand-delivered to the Clubland Editor Dane Smith at 2 Wall St., Room 209, Asheville, NC 28801. Events submitted to other staff members are not assured of inclusion in Clubland. •Clubs must hold at least TWO events per week to qualify for listing space. Any venue that is inactive in Clubland for one month will be removed. •The Clubland Editor reserves the right to edit or exclude events or venues. •Deadline is by noon on Monday for that Wednesday’s publication. This is a firm deadline.

Wed., September 22 Athena’s Club

Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge Open Mic Comedy

Open mic BoBo Gallery

Bryan Steele w/ Santos & Imhotep Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance

Broadway’s

‘80s night, 10pm Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Emerald Lounge

Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Open mic & jam, 7pm

105 Howitzer (rock) w/ ATRIA & Jupiter Tide

Holland’s Grille

The Get Down

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Marc Keller (singer-songwriter) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Old-time jam, 6pm

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop)

“Pop Lounge” free dance party w/ DJ’s Mark Davis, Crick Nice & Adam Strange

Mike’s Tavern

Fairview Tavern

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Frankie Bones

Nine Mile

Open mic

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Juan Holladay (soul, acoustic) Good Stuff

Open mic

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Live DJ

Kofi Burbridge’s Birthday Xtravaganza Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae) Orange Peel

Jimmy Eat World (rock, pop) w/ Civil Twilight Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler

DJ Knight Prowler spins honkytonk & garage The Still

Open mic w/ BlindLiver Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

The Free Flow Band (soul, funk)

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Emerald Lounge

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

Jammin’ w/ Funky Max

Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade (jazz, Americana, blues) w/ Sugar & Spice & The Mumbles

Wild Wing Cafe

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Jackass Flats (Americana, bluegrass)

Thu., September 23 Athena’s Club

DJ night

Back Room

O Mello Cello (singer-songwriter duo)

Live music w/ Gypsy (rock)

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country)

Stella Blue

BoBo Gallery

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Handlebar

Wages (rock, indie) w/ North Elementary & Sky Lake

Diana Wortham Theater

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Open mic

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Back Room

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Dougie MacLean (singer-songwriter, composer)

Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Open mic & jam

Bluegrass jam, 8pm

The Gourds (roots, acoustic) w/ Patrick Sweany Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

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Carolina Chocolate Drops (old-time, Americana) w/ Angela Easterling

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Return to Love

Boiler Room

Ashley McBryde (country, honkey-tonk) w/ & Melissa Hyman French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Gavin Conner (indie, alternative) Garage at Biltmore

Galdytron w/ Don Winsley, Punch Drunk & Ethan Chesson Good Stuff

Gene Peyroux & The Snow Monkeys (“extreme Americana”) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

An Evening With Marshall Crenshaw (rock)


Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Purple Onion Cafe

Boiler Room

Red Stag Grill

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Aaron Price (pop, rock)

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

Handlebar

The Gourds (roots, acoustic) w/ Patrick Sweany

Steve Whiddon the pianoman

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Root Bar No. 1

Mike Grutka Project (acoustic, folk)

Infusions Lounge

Steve Summey Band (classic rock)

Scandals Nightclub

Local DJ exposure night feat: Mixtress Kricket, Xist & Axis Mundi

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet To Go

Temptations Red Room

Drum & Bass Dog & Pony Show w/ DJ Cricket

Hannah Levin (“sweet, homegrown music”), 6-8pm

The Get Down

The Loud Crowd (garage, pop)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Thirsty Monk South

Back stage: Nashville to Asheville: The Nashville Songbirds

Mountain Feist

Town Pump

Lobster Trap

Archer vs. Gunman

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Peggy Ratusz’ Invitational Blues Jam

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

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Aaron LaFalce (piano)

Belly dancing Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Watershed

Rorey Carroll CD release show (Americana, folk) w/ The Honeycutters Olive or Twist

Swing dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band Orange Peel

Ghostland Observatory (electronic, rock, funk) w/ DJ Acolyte

Open mic w/ Max Chain Westville Pub

Brooke Clover

Fri., September 24 Athena’s Club

Mark Appleford (Americana, blues), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am Back Room

Pack’s Tavern

Scott Raines (acoustic, rock)

Corrine Gooden (folk rock, Americana, blues)

Pisgah Brewing Company

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Punch Brothers (Americana, roots, progressive) w/ Sanders, McCurry & Cardine — Late night w/ Jackass Flats

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Darien (indie rock) w/ Aminal Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Eleven on Grove

Salsa Dancing, 10pm-2am Dance Lessons, 11pm Emerald Lounge

EP3 (jam, electronic) w/ Duende Mountain Duo Fairview Tavern

DJ dance party

Feed and Seed

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Vincent’s Missing Ear (blues, rock) Stray Dog Trio (rock)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Dave Desmelik (folk, country)

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Owen Tharp Duo (jazz, blues, soul) Garage at Biltmore

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Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

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Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Rewind Blue (Southern rock)

mindshapefist (progressive, ambient) w/ Age of Dispair

Infusions Lounge

Stella Blue

Craggie Brewing Company

Mother Soul (rock, metal)

Tony Williamson Band (rock, bluegrass)

Iron Horse Station

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Twilite Broadcasters (country, Americana, blues)

Greg Olson (folk)

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Diana Wortham Theater

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Jerusalem Garden

Temptations Red Room

Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

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The Loud Crowd

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Pierce Edens (folk rock)

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

High Gravity Jazz Trio Good Stuff

Jeremy Wilson (rock, acoustic) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Red June CD release show w/ Eliza Lynn Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Mark Appleford (Americana, blues), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am

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Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Hudson K (indie, rock, folk)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Pisgah Brewing Company

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Hotel Indigo

Purple Onion Cafe

BoBo Gallery

Aimee Mann (rock, pop, acoustic) w/ Blake Hazard of the Submarines Spectrum (dance, classic rock) The Cheeksters (pop, rock, soul)

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clubdirectory The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athena’s Club 252-2456 The Back Room 697-6828 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 The Blackbird 669-5556 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Boiler Room 505-1612 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Bosco’s Sports Zone 684-1024 Broadway’s 285-0400 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Curras Nuevo 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 The Dripolator 398-0209 Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ 296-0100 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7263 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111

Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Garage 505-2663 The Get Down 505-8388 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaine’s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 The Hangar 684-1213 Hannah Flanagans 252-1922 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jerusalem Garden 254-0255 Laurey’s Catering 252-1500 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luella’s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805

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Magnolia’s Raw Bar 251-5211 Midway Tavern 687-7530 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill 258-1550 New Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Old Fairview Southern Kitchen 277-7117 Olive Or Twist 254-0555 O’Malley’s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pack’s Tavern 225-6944 Pineapple Jack’s 253-8860 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Poppies Cafe 885-5494 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Red Step Artworks 697-1447 Rendezvous 926-0201 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scully’s 251-8880 Shovelhead Saloon 669-9541

Bobby G Blues Band

42nd Street Jazz Band

Iron Horse Station

Pack’s Tavern

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Purple Onion Cafe

Jerusalem Garden

Red Stag Grill

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Twilite Broadcasters (country, Americana, blues) Kelley & the Cowboys (classic country, swing) Belly dancing w/ live music Back stage: The Great Liars (rock, alternative) w/ Broomstars & The Consumers Midway Tavern

Karaoke

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Dashvara (progressive, funk) w/ Actual Proof Nine Mile

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae) Olive or Twist

‘80s Night w/ DJ

Jon Shain (blues, folk)

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Rewind Blue (Southern rock) Scandals Nightclub

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos Straightaway Café

Duke Freeman (blues, roots, soul) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Jarvis Jenkins Band

Temptations Red Room

‘80s, ‘90s & Today: Dance party w/ DJ Drea

Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Stella Blue 236-2424 Stephanie’s Roadhouse Bistro 299-4127 The Still 683-5913 Stockade Brew House 645-1300 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 Tallgary’s College Street Pub 232-0809 Temptations Red Room 252-0775 Thirsty Monk South 505-4564 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 TGI Friday’s 277-4080 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava 505-8118 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Warehouse Live 681-9696 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Well Bred Bakery & Cafe 645-9300 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

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Thur. 9.23 Punch Brothers $15 in advance

Fri. 10.01 Keller and The Keels $15 in advance

Wed. 10.06 Dirty Dozen Brass Band $10 in advance

Mon. 11.08 Soulive $15 in advance

The Zealots (rock, indie) The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Live music w/ Frank & friends Thirsty Monk South

Jeff Santiago

Town Pump

Ghost Mountain (soul, blues) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Ruby Mayfield (rock, blues) & M-Pride Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Marc Keller Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Demijohn Varmits (“dirty shuffle”) Westville Pub

The Honeycutters (Americana, country, blues) White Horse

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Every Mothers’ Dream (folk, rock)

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Sun., September 26

Mon., September 27

Orange Peel

Athena’s Club

Emerald Lounge

Barley’s Taproom

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Mark Appleford (acoustic, Americana) One Leg Up (gypsy jazz, swing) Luke Wood

Shag dance & lessons

• 110” HD Projector Screen & 8 HD Big Screen TV’s • Darts & Shuffleboard • Chips & Salsa Bar

Diana Wortham Theater

Asheville Area Piano Forum 10th Anniversary Fall Benefit Concert, 3pm

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Thursday 9/23

Rockabilly Sunday

Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Classical guitar duo, 10am-12:30pm Bob Zullo (jazz, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm

Friday 9/24 Sat 9/25

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Spectrum

Open mic w/ Jesse James, 7-10pm Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill The Get Down

Masters Bluegrass Jam Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Vocal Jazz Session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Vincenzo’s Bistro

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Lobster Trap

Makia Groove (funk, fusion, reggae)

Live music by local artists

Eleven on Grove

Jon Corbin (of Firecracker Jazz Band), 122:30pm

Beginner swing and lindy-hop dance lessons, 6-7pm Dance w/ live band or DJ, 8pm

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Emerald Lounge

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard Bikers Sunday w/ Gypsy (rock) Scandals Nightclub

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos

Tuesday Night Funk Jam Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

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Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Mike’s Side Pocket Tallgary’s College Street Pub

House grooves w/ D Mack Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Westville Pub

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss White Horse

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Wed., September 29 Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge Open Mic Comedy Open mic

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic

BoBo Gallery

Vincent’s Missing Ear Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance

Broadway’s

‘80s night, 10pm Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

wednesday Beacon Pub / Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill / The Hangar / Infusions / Midway Tavern / O’Malleys on Main / Holland’s Grille / Rendezvous / Temptations

thursday Cancun Mexican Grill / Chasers / Club Hairspray / Fairview Tavern / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still

friday Fairview Tavern / Infusions Mack Kell’s / Midway Tavern / Shovelhead Saloon / Stockade Brew House / The 170 La Cantinetta

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saturday

Frankie Bones

Holland’s Grille Infusions / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still

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WED. Cajun Food Night • $1 off Whiskey

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tuesday

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Blues night

Carrie Arrowood (singer-songwriter)

Irish session, 3pm

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Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Jack Of The Wood Pub

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Singer-songwriter contest, 8pm

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Rock records

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (“sonic scientist”), 8-11pm

Back Room

karaoke

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Athena’s Club

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Wednesday night viewing parties, come cheer on local-boy Chase Rice!

The Hold Steady (rock, indie) w/ Wintersleep

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Hotel Indigo

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Scott Raines

Iron Horse Station

Matt Williams & the Ocean (rock, pop)

Fairview Tavern

Luella’s Bar-B-Que

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Bob Zullo (jazz, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm

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Overflow Jugband (folk, roots)

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Matt Getman Duo (jazz, pop, soul) Good Stuff

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Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Handlebar

Terri Clark (country) Holland’s Grille

Marc Keller (singer-songwriter) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Old-time jam, 6pm

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop) Mike’s Tavern

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Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Soul & jazz jam

Pisgah Brewing Company

The Blue Dragons (folk, rock, experimental) Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler


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Watershed

Open mic & jam, 7pm

Open mic w/ Max Chain

Handlebar

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Jake Orvis w/ James Hunnicutt & Rachel Brooke

The Still

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Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub

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Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance)

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Hank Bones (â&#x20AC;&#x153;man of 1,000 songsâ&#x20AC;?)

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Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

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Wild Wing Cafe

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Serious Clark (rock, jam)

Ginny McAfee (singer-songwriter)

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Carol Cleveland Sings (pop) w/ ROAR

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

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Amy Broome (pop)

Stella Blue

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Jason Moore Duo (jazz)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Chris Smither (blues, folk)

From a Dig (metal) w/ Aggressor

Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

Salsa Dancing, 10pm-2am Dance Lessons, 11pm

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Local DJ exposure night feat: Reverend Jude & DJ Nicodemus

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Eleven on Grove

Fairview Tavern

Scandals Nightclub

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Non-stop rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Purple Onion Cafe

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Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

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French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Temptations Red Room

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Matt Walsh (rockabilly, blues)

Drum & Bass Dog & Pony Show w/ DJ Cricket

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Gene Peyroux & The Snow Monkeys (â&#x20AC;&#x153;extreme Americanaâ&#x20AC;?) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

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Warren Wilson College fundraiser w/ Jar-e Dana Cooper (folk rock, country)

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The Story: A young aspiring writer — and wannabe cross-dresser — shares an apartment with an older male escort, who becomes a very peculiar mentor.

The American (R) 12:25, 2:50, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) 6:10, 8:35 Easy A (PG-13) 12:45, 3:00, 5:15, 7:35, 9:50 Flipped (PG) 1:40, 6:35 Inception (PG-13) 12:50, 4:50, 8:45 The Last Exorcism (PG-13) 1:00, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20 Machete (R) 1:55, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15 Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) 1:10, 3:35 The Other Guys (PG-13) 1:45, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30 The Switch (PG-13) 4:05, 9:05 Takers (PG-13) 1:30, 3:55, 6:25, 8:55 The Town (R) 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:35

The Lowdown: By turns sad and funny, this character comedy is not going to suit everyone, but for those willing to read between the lines, it pays amazing dividends. I loved Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man, but it’s not going to be to everyone’s liking. I can understand that — and I understood it even before I spent part of Sunday involved in an e-mail argument with another critic, who admitted to admiring it, but didn’t exactly like it, saying it left her feeling that she needed to take a shower. My views on the film are the polar opposite of hers, but it’s a point of interpretation, since if I felt the film did what she feels it did, I’d share her view. And in some ways I think that makes the film just that much more interesting. This is one of those films that I can’t quite give five stars to now, but will likely end up wishing I had after a couple more viewings. The film is a comic — sometimes bleakly comic — character study of two deeply strange and even damaged men and the often just as strange and damaged people in their sphere. The two men end up as the most unlikely of roommates in a cramped and cluttered New York City apartment. The apartment belongs to Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an unflinchingly superior, self-righteous failed playwright and professional “extra man” (male escort), who specializes in squiring elderly women about town. Henry has opinions on everything — usually odd and invariably highly “moral” (especially concerning

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Kevin Kline as “The Extra Man” in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s film of that title — a sweetly sad (yet utterly unsentimental) comedy about an aging male escort and the young aspiring writer who comes to live with him. sex) — and has no compunction about sharing them, an unappealing trait he combines with being bluntly honest to the point of rudeness and beyond. Into this setting comes Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a young man recently fired from a prep school in Princeton owing to his proclivity for cross-dressing. Cut free from his job, Louis has come to New York to be a writer — of the F. Scott Fitzgerald variety. Specifically — and this is key — he sees himself as the embodiment of the personality-less Nick Carraway, narrator of The Great Gatsby, a work he views as Carraway’s — and by extension Fitzgerald’s — “love letter” to the title character. Louis has no friends and no family — and apart from his vaguely defined and scarcely understood desire to dress in women’s clothes, he is much like Carraway in personality. On the surface, Henry and Louis might seem to be mismatched, but not only do they share the quality of having been mismatched with life, there’s something more. An opinionated older man confronted with an obviously malleable young man — in whom he may see something of his own youthful self — is not likely to be blind to the opportunity of forming a protégé. And a young man with a personality deficit is bound to be fascinated — if frequently appalled — by an older man who, if anything, has too much personality. The friendship is actually more likely than it appears at first glance, but it’s a friendship that neither man can quite own up to, because it’s not in their natures, especially not in Henry’s. The film requires a certain amount of patience — and a good deal of understanding — to catch the importance of small gestures and lines of

dialogue. The greatest trick to understanding the film’s intent is, I believe, grasping the fact that Henry’s outrageous behavior and rudeness is a protective covering. We’re never told the exact event or events that caused him to be like this — though we are given conflicting second-hand stories and guesses — but it becomes obvious. It also becomes slowly obvious — if we pay attention — that Henry’s constant exploitation of his friends is as much for interaction (he can’t bring himself to ask for companionship) as it is for convenience. And it becomes obvious in certain gestures — and one heart-breaking line that might almost be missed — that he is not the monster he wants people (perhaps even himself) to think he is. Similarly, Louis’ lack of personality protects him: If there’s no one there for anyone to know, no one can get close enough to hurt him. The strangest thing about Louis — and the thing he comes to understand — is that he knows what he thinks he wants, and he knows what he thinks he is supposed to want, but has no real glimmer of what he actually wants. The film presents itself as a comedy — and it more or less is one — but it’s really a very sad comedy with a tentatively hopeful ending. In this regard — and a few others — it’s a bit reminiscent of Wes Anderson, but don’t take that comparison too far. However, be sure you stick around through the inspired choice of T. Rex’s “Dandy in the Underworld” over the credits — and listen to the words. Rated R for some sexual content. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

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Alpha and Omega 3D (PG) 12:35, 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:30 The American (R) 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 (Sofa Cinema) Bran Nue Dae (PG-13) 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:35, 10:25 Devil (PG-13) 12:25, 2:50, 4:55, 8:05, 10:30 Easy A (PG-13) 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:55, 9:55 (Sofa Cinema) Eat Pray Love (PG-13) 12:50, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00 The Extra Man (R) 12:00, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 10:05 Get Low (PG-13) 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:20, 9:45 I’m Still Here (R) 12:00, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 10:05 The Kids Are All Right (R) 12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:30 (Sofa Cinema) Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D (PG) 11:55. 2:25, 5:10, 7:30, 10:05

Resident Evil: Afterlife 2D (R) 12:40, 2:50, 5:25, 7:40, 10:15 (Sofa Cinema) The Town (R) 11:55, 2:45, 5:25, 8:00, 10:30 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) 12:15, 3:20, 7:05, 10:10 You Again (PG) 12:45, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:20

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The American (R) 1:15 (no 1:15 show Mon-Thu), 4:20, 7:30, 10:10 Devil (PG-13) 1:10 (no 1:10 show Mon-Thu), 4:15, 7:10, 9:30 The Expendables (R) 1:20 (no 1:20 show Mon-Thu), 4:10, 7:05, 10:00 Resident Evil: Afterlife (R) 1:30 (no 1:10 show Mon-Thu), 4:30, 7:00, 9:55 The Town (R) 1:00 (no 1:00 show Mon-Thu). 4:00, 7:20, 10:05

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) 7:20 Life During Wartime (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) 1:20, 4:20

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Alpha and Omega 3D (PG) 1:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:40 Devil (PG-13) 2:20, 4:50, 8:00, 10:05 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D (PG) 1:40, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30 Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (R) 2:00, 4:25, 7:50, 10:10 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15 You Again (PG) 1:50, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50

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(voices) Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Larry Miller Animated Kiddie Comedy After being captured and sent to a nature reserve far from home, a pair of wolves must make their way back to their families. Bargain-bin animation and hackneyed scripting combine for an achingly dull kiddie flick. Rated PG George Clooney, Violante Placido, Paolo Bonacelli, Thekla Reuten, Johan Leysen Enigmatic Thriller An assassin hiding out in a small Italian town agrees to one last job. Though hawked as a straight thriller, this is really an enigmatic art movie with a style and an introspective mood that some may find off-putting. Rated R

Bran Nue Dae JJJJ

Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, “Missy” Higgins, Geoffrey Rush, Deborah Mailman Musical A young Aborigine boy runs away from his training to become a priest—in order to find his way home and back to the girl he loves. A slightly peculiar, but generally likable little musical with loads of color, a lot of charm and the good sense to keep it short. Rated PG13

Devil JJJ

Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine Horror Five people are trapped in an elevator. One of them is the devil—and he’s up to no good. Reasonably nonsensical horror from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan. Short on scares, and even at a bare 80 minutes, it feels padded. Rated PG-13

Easy A JJJJJ

Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson Comedy A high-school girl whose reputation is damaged by a fabricated story finds that the new attention it brings is not without its benefits—to herself and others. The comedy surprise of the year, in which Emma Stone becomes a bona-fide star. Funny, perceptive, sweetly subversive and subversively sweet. Rated PG-13

The Extra Man JJJJJ

Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, Katie Holmes, Marian Seldes, Celia Weston, Dan Hedaya Comedy/Drama A young aspiring writer—and wannabe cross-dresser—shares an apartment with an older male escort, who becomes a very peculiar mentor. By turns sad and funny, this character comedy is not going to suit everyone, but for those willing to read between the lines, it pays amazing dividends. Rated R

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Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Bill Cobbs Fact-Based Dramatic Comedy In the late 1930s in rural Tennessee, a crusty old hermit decides to hold his own funeral while he’s still alive. An often predictable narrative becomes a thoroughly entertaining and even wonderful moviegoing experience by virtue of its stars. Rated PG13

Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey Absurdist Action Comedy A former Mexican federale gets tied into a violent plot to knock off a racist Texas senator. An absurdly violent, over-the-top action movie that manages to be both topical and fun, making for the best pure action movie of the year. Rated R

Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Sofia Ledarp, Mikael Spreitz, Georgi Staykov Mystery Crime Thriller Lisbeth Salander finds herself suspected of three murders, placing not only her, but anyone who knows her in danger. A complex and engaging thriller that builds on the characters established in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. A must for fans of the series, but not wholly successful as a stand-alone work. Rated R

Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Chi Cao, Amanda Schull Biographical Drama A biopic based on the autobiography of ballet dancer Li Cunxin. Oldfashioned and occasionally just too earnest, but nevertheless an extremely likable biographical drama with a final half-hour that makes up for much. Rated PG

I’m Still Here JJJJ

Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton. Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson Cop Buddy Action Comedy Two lackluster cops decide to attempt to fill the shoes of the most celebrated crime fighters in town. Surprisingly pleasant comedy from Will Ferrell that benefits from good pacing and even better chemistry between Ferrell and co-star Mark Wahlberg. Rated PG-13

Joaquin Phoenix, Antony Langdon, Sean Combs, Casey Affleck, Tim Affleck Quasi-Pseudo Documentary A purported documentary about Joaquin Phoenix and his descent into an identity crisis—or not. The film answers nothing, suggests much and is often just unpleasant. Occasionally funny, frequently boring and poorly made, still it’s hard not to be grimly fascinated that this film could even exist. Rated NR

Inception JJJJJ

The Other Guys JJJJ

Resident Evil: Afterlife JJ

Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard Sci-Fi/Thriller Art-House Style A man whose job is to steal information from people’s dreams is charged with the task of instead using those dreams to implant an idea. Dazzling, complex and with a surprisingly strong (especially considering the filmmaker) emotional core, Inception not only lives up to the hype, it largely surpasses it. Rated PG-13

Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe, Wentworth Miller Zombie Horror More zombie horror with Milla Jovovich in leather. It’s pretty much the same as the last couple entries in the series: mindless mayhem and close-to-no plot, going nowhere and seemingly in no great hurry to get there. Rated R

The Kids Are All Right JJJJJ

Dan Kearney, Lamonta Caldwell, Kevin Rice, Misha C. PembleBirkin Documentary A documentary following a single platoon in Afghanistan. A raw, rough-edged and emotionally blistering documentary that takes no sides—except that of the soldier under fire. Rated R

Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta Comedy Drama The children of a middle-aged lesbian couple decide to incorporate the sperm donor who fathered them into the family. A beautifully written and acted film that’s very nearly as good as all the raves suggest. Rated R

Life During Wartime JJJJ

Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy, Ciarán Hinds, Michael Lerner, Dylan Riley Snyder Dark Comedy/Drama Todd Solondz’s self-described “quasi-sequel” to Happiness examines the lives of the original film’s characters—about 10 years later—and their attempts to deal with the past. A strange, dark, disturbing film of considerable power—but one that’s only for a pretty select audience who don’t shy away from grim content. Rated R

Restrepo JJJJJ

The Town JJJJJ

Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper Crime Drama A Boston bank robber must deal with pressure from the law, his loyalties to his family and friends, and romantic entanglements with a former hostage. A slick, taut, solid crime thriller, with a bit of heart and intelligence thrown in, as well. Rated R


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THE EXTRA MAN

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LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;HOOLE

Zack Snyderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest is an animated 3-D affair based on the first three in a series of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books by Kathryn Lasky. Voice talent includes Jim Sturgess, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush and a host of other names attesting to an Australian pedigree. Apparently, the books are popular and Warner Bros. is desperately seeking the â&#x20AC;&#x153;next Harry Potterâ&#x20AC;? franchise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and hoping that Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Gaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hoole will be it. Maybe so, but the trailers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that special and no one has been allowed to screen the movie for review. Make of that what you like. (PG)

LIFE DURING WARTIME

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WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

The early word on Oliver Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sequel to his own Wall Street (1987) are on the mixed side, and even its supporters seem to like it more for being a little crazy (hey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oliver Stone) than for being good in the normal sense of the word. While the presence of Carey Mulligan (An Education) as Gordon Gekkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Michael

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Director: Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck Players: (voices) Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Larry Miller Animated Kiddie Comedy

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The Story: After being captured and sent to a nature reserve far from home, a pair of wolves must make their way back to their families. The Lowdown: Bargain-bin animation and hackneyed scripting combine for an achingly dull kiddie flick. I will freely admit that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a part of the elementary-school-aged demographic that Alpha and Omega is shooting for. If I were, would I like this movie better? More than likely, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the key to a movie like this â&#x20AC;&#x201D; my brain would need to revert about 20 years just to get the possibility of enjoying the film. Sure, you can cut a movie some slack if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made for kids. But as a critic, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand how recommending mediocre childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films helps anyone. Quality family entertainment has been made in the past â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not unheard of. Alpha and Omega is simply the latest in a long

Douglas, of course) daughter is a plus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the presence of Shia LaBeouf is, as usual, cause for concern. Still, it has no serious mainstream competition this weekend. (PG-13) Early review samples: â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;As with many recent Stone projects, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to tell what the focus is supposed to be. Stone has said he wanted to prove definitively that Gekkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;greed is goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; speech was wrong, but Douglas is nowhere near as devilish (or as vivid) this time around.â&#x20AC;? (David Edelstein, New York Magazine) â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loud, preachy, simple-minded, completely lacking in anything even approaching sophistication or control. But, for these very same reasons, it can also be tremendously entertaining, playing a bit like a knowing self-parody of Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typical bombast.â&#x20AC;? (Matt Noler, Slant Magazine)

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Andy Fickman has never made a good movie in his life: Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Man (2006), The Game Plan (2007), Race to Witch Mountain (2009). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a grim array. As a result, all eyes are on the not unimpressive cast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as the most likely reason to see You Again. The plot is potentially OK, but not immediately exciting: Girl discovers brother is about to marry her arch-enemy from high school, sets out to show her up, which becomes a generational tag-team affair when it turns out the mothers of both were also high-school enemies. The fact that it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been shown to critics is not terribly encouraging. (PG-13) line of cheap, awful animated movies. With the ease of computer animation, these half-baked attempts at family entertainment are more and more prevalent, with the idea obviously being that kids will watch anything (never mind theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the ones buying the tickets). Cobble together some cheap animation that would look at home on a cereal commercial, hire some B-list talent to spout the corny jokes and bathroom humor youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten some hacks to cook up, and fame and fortune await. OK, the film isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite as bad as, say, Delgo (2008), but at least that movie had some ambition, as misguided and malformed as it mightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been. Alpha and Omegaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest shortcoming is its lack of any real spark or imagination. The bad animation or even the unexciting voice talent could be overlooked if the story were somewhat imaginative. Instead, we get something approximating a road movie for animals. Two talking wolves â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an Alpha (Hayden Panettiere) and a goofy Omega (Justin Long) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are captured and sent off to a nature reserve. The rest of the film follows their attempts to get home. The point of the movie is to teach young â&#x20AC;&#x2122;uns about peace, love and understanding, since Alpha wolves and Omega wolves arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to fall for one another. The idea of open-

     

  

               

  

  

  

       

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mindedness is perfectly noble, but here it feels like a sop to parents and a simple case of just going through the motions. Alpha and Omega works better as a cautionary tale, since this turned out to be Dennis Hopper’s final role. Like Anne Bancroft in Delgo or Raul Julia in Street Fighter (1995), you can never be too picky about what projects you take, because you never know which one might be your last. Rated PG for rude humor and some mild action. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

Bran Nue Dae JJJJ

Director: Rachel Perkins (One Night the Moon) Players: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, “Missy” Higgins, Geoffrey Rush, Deborah Mailman Musical Rated PG-13

The Story: A young Aborigine boy runs away from his training to become a priest — in order to find his way home and back to the girl he loves. The Lowdown: A slightly peculiar, but generally likable little musical with loads of color, a lot of charm and the good sense to keep it short. Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nue Dae (2009) is a curiosity, if nothing else. I mean, it’s not everyday that you see an “all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing” Aboriginal musical that also boasts Geoffrey Rush as a scenery-chewing priest with a dodgy German accent. Of course, there’s probably a reason for that — oh, something about a limited target audience, I imagine. But as a colorful break from the ordinary, the film has its merits. And when I say colorful, I’m not whistling “Waltzing Matilda.” This thing is so alive with not just color but color that it nearly hurts your eyes. It looks a bit like the wedding festivities in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (2001) on acid, which isn’t entirely surprising since the movie’s heart belongs to Bollywood and the movie is set in the psychedelic 1960s, partly taking place in a flower-festooned hippie van. Now, all of the foregoing may fairly be viewed as either a plus or a warning — depending on your outlook. Personally, I feel a little of both responses. On the plus side, it’s a nice little story with a pair of pleasant, if unremarkable, leads; some excellent supporting players (especially, the remarkably charismatic Ernie Dingo); and the aforementioned Geoffrey Rush high jinks. The songs are on the “OK, but especially memorable” side, with the notable exception of “I Just Want to Be,” which is either memorable or so forced on you that you think it is memorable. And this is where the film has its major problem. It forces its jollity on you with something like the ferocity of Mamma Mia! (2008) and its prison-camp-commandant level of “you vill enjoy dis whether you like it or not” attitude. Fortunately, Bran Nue Dae has the good sense to only be 81-minutes long and is blessed with an unassuming “amateur night in Perth” quality (and that’s at its most cosmopolitan). The story is beyond simple and shy on the believable. Essentially, there’s Willie (newcomer

Rocky McKenzie), who’s in love with Rosie (Aussie singer Jessica Mauboy), but is too timid and too cowed by his mother’s desire that he become a priest that he loses her to the less repressed Lester (Dan Sultan). So Willie goes to priest school under the tutelage of Father Benedictus (Rush). Well, not only does Willie not want to be a priest, but Benedictus is thoroughly unlikable, so Willie tells him off (in song and dance, natch) and runs away. The rest of the movie concerns Willie’s adventures on his way home, Benedictus pursuing him and a happy ending with more coincidences than you can count. The film is based on an apparently popular play, but one that I can’t escape feeling is kind of the Australian equivalent of an Up with People tour. That said, it’s only fair to note that the film is not entirely an empty confection. In fact, it’s pretty much to the point as concerns the attempts to assimilate and forcibly Christianize the Aboriginal people, depriving them of both their land and their cultural identity, but it hides its anger under jaunty music and colorful characters. Maybe that’s the best approach. Rachel Perkins’ direction is adequate and then some, but she can’t escape coming across too often as kind of a half-baked Baz Luhrmann. And she either couldn’t rein in her actors’ tendency to play to the back row, or she didn’t want to. I suspect this is the way the stage version is played and the film merely follows its lead, but that’s just a guess. There’s the even scarier possibility that this is toned down, but I don’t want to think about that. In the end, Bran Nue Dae is a pleasant little picture that’s hard to dislike — and if you’re in the mood for something out of the ordinary, it’s certainly that. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and drug use. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

Devil

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Director: John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) Players: Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine Horror Rated PG-13

The Story: Five people are trapped in an elevator. One of them is the devil — and he’s up to no good.

into 80 minutes of movie. The early attempt at style — mostly consisting of creating vertigo by shooting aerial shots of Philadelphia upside down — quickly gives way to padded buildup and the unsurprising horror/drama of discovering that one of five people stuck in an elevator is really the devil. That Lucifer himself is wasting his energies on this foolishness rather than handing it off to some lesser demon is pretty hard to buy, even if you’re willing to suspend disbelief on the other aspects. The whole thing starts when someone leaps from the 35th floor of a skyscraper, leaving behind a note that, in essence, claims the devil made him do it. This really has very little to do with the story, but it gets the police there — specifically, Detective Bowden (Chris Messina, Julie & Julia) — so it’s functional in that regard. (However, it posits a Prince of Darkness with the Shyamalan mentality of a bad stage manager.) The central story is about Bowden and the five folks — or four folks and one devil — in the elevator. Since one of the movie’s twists requires the five to not be known by name, we’re given the Mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green, Brooklyn’s Finest), the Old Woman (Jenny O’Hara, Extract), the Young Woman (Bojana Novakovic, Drag Me to Hell), the Guard (Bokeem Woodbine, Black Dynamite) and the Salesman (Geoffrey Arend, (500) Days of Summer). What follows is low-wattage mayhem in the elevator — when the lights go off something nasty happens (starting with the devil apparently grabbing the Young Woman’s derrière) that results in one suspect after another meeting his or her demise. Since that’s hardly enough to keep the film going, there’s somewhat more spectacular collateral damage whenever prankster Satan prevents someone from rescuing the passengers. All of this is overseen by biblically bent security monitor Ramirez (Jacob Vargas, Death Race), who realizes what’s really going on — though it goes without saying that no one believes him. The movie isn’t unwatchable, but it’s certainly a few jolts shy of the scream fest it wants to be. Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images, thematic material and some language, including sexual references. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

Easy A

The Lowdown: Reasonably nonsensical horror from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan. Short on scares, and even at a JJJJJ Director: Will Gluck (Fired Up!) bare 80 minutes, it feels padded. Players: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan M. Night Shyamalan’s name may not appear as director or screenwriter on Devil, but the dumb Twilight Zone-styled plot, the indigestible religiosity and the obligatory twist(s) are dead giveaways that he was involved in the making of this film (he wrote the story and is listed as a producer). It really doesn’t matter who signed the movie, it fits very snugly into Shyamalan’s oeuvre — except it provides fewer outright laughs than The Happening (2008). The directorial style may be somewhat different, but the tone is the same. What we mostly have here is a director, John Erick Dowdle, trying to stretch 30-minutes worth of premise (partly pilfered from Agatha Christie)

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Comedy Rated PG-13

The Story: A high-school girl whose reputation is damaged by a fabricated story finds that the new attention it brings is not without its benefits — to herself and others. The Lowdown: The comedy surprise of the year, in which Emma Stone becomes a bona-fide star. Funny, perceptive, sweetly subversive and subversively sweet. What a delightful surprise! Actually, Easy A is a little treasure trove of surprises in that it offers

the first solid high-school-centered comedy since Mean Girls (2004). The movie establishes Emma Stone as a star, and it even proves that Cam Gigandet is fine if cast as a hot guy with the intellect of a bewildered boll weevil. That’s a pretty darn good set of accomplishments. In many respects, Easy A can be seen as a more intelligent variation on Mean Girls — and Mean Girls was far from stupid. Easy A has a little more edge and works on the assumption that the viewer actually might know something and can follow a running gag about Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn over the course of a movie without beating you over the head with it. Stone plays Olive, a savvy but sexually unprecocious high-school girl, who inadvertently starts the rumor that she has “lost her v-card” after she tells her best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka, Bandslam), a made-up rooty-tooty story in the girls’ room about how she spent a boring weekend. Unfortunately, Olive doesn’t realize that while she’s telling her tale judgmental überChristian Marianne (Amanda Bynes, Hairspray) is hiding in a bathroom stall. Naturally, Marianne loses no time in passing the story on to the entire school. Suddenly, Olive goes from being the school nonentity to an object of extreme interest. Interest skyrockets when Olive agrees to appear to have — or at least sound like she is having — sex with her gay friend Brandon (Dan Byrd, TV’s Cougar Town), who desperately wants to put an end to being taunted about his sexuality. Soon Olive finds there are other “misfit” boys who would like the illusion of her services — and are willing to pay for them. Since her reputation is already in tatters, she sees no reason not to help the boys, and models herself after Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter (as depicted by Lillian Gish in the 1926 silent, not — as Olive cautions — the 1995 Demi Moore version). The big difference is that Olive embroiders her scarlet A on outfits that are straight out of a Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog, playing her utterly fictional bad-girl image to the hilt. This is a hard movie to write about without giving away too much. The film offers constant surprisingly clever turns and often surprisingly penetrating observations that definitely don’t need spoiling. Likening it to Juno (2007), as some have done, actually misses the point, but Juno has become the buzzword for any movie where characters say more clever things than people tend to in real life — something that’s pretty essential in comedy that doesn’t operate as “stupid comedy.” The parents here — splendidly played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci — are like the parents in Juno only in the sense that they’re supportive. Otherwise, they’re very different creations. And Stone’s Olive is no Juno. Considering how awful director Will Gluck’s previous film, Fired Up! (2009), was, it’s easy to want to give a large part of the credit to newcomer screenwriter Bert V. Royal. While Royal’s screenplay is very, very fine, movies this good don’t just happen without a strong director — and since Gluck also functioned as producer, he had a lot of control on the project. The whole point, however, is that this isn’t just the sharpest high-school comedy in years, it’s also the funniest movie of any kind in 2010 so far. I never would have imagined that I’d get the biggest

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specialscreenings Koyaanisqatsi JJJJ Director: Godfrey Reggio Players:

Documentary Rated NR Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi (1982) created quite a fuss at the time of its release, with its sped-up images (later co-opted by probably 80 percent of all indie films) and its mesmerizing Philip Glass score. It was a must-see — and if you’ve never seen it, it still is. It is not, for me anyway, much in the way of a repeat-viewing movie. It’s a one-message movie: Nature is beautiful and man ruins it. That’s fine, I suppose, but the fact that it’s 28 years later and there’s yet to be a mad rush to go live in mud huts and earn a precarious livelihood in the woods, makes me question if it can actually be said to have had the impact it intended. I suppose that’s not very respectful for such a well-meaning movie, but it seems to me an inescapable conclusion. However, as an unusual piece of filmmaking, as a thing of almost abstract beauty, it remains a successful experiment. Classic Cinema From Around the World will present Koyaanisqatsi at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Courtyard Gallery, 109 Roberts St., in the Phil Mechanic Studios building, River Arts District. Info: 273-3332.

The List of Adrian Messenger JJJJ

Director: John Huston Players: George C. Scott, Dana Wynter, Clive Brook, Jacques Roux, Herbert Marshall Mystery With a Gimmick Rated NR John Huston’s The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) is a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery in the classic style. The film features a solid performance from George C. Scott as the detective, Jacques Roux as his makeshift Watson, and a touch of old Hollywood from the presence of Clive Brook and Herbert Marshall. The mystery, while unremarkable, is certainly reasonable enough — or it would have been if it weren’t for the movie’s gimmick. The idea was to put a number of stars — Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra — in heavy character makeup and let the audience try to spot them. Not only is the game distracting, it stops the whodunit aspect dead in its tracks by making the most undisguisable of those stars into the killer. What you’re left with is the enjoyment of watching Scott puzzle it out. And it’s enough, but it’s still frustrating. The Hendersonville Film Society will show The List of Adrian Messenger at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Love Me Tonight JJJJJ

Director: Rouben Mamoulian Players: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charlie Ruggles, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth Musical Comedy Rated NR It’s hands-down the best movie Maurice Chevalier ever made. It has a set of terrific songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart — including such standards as “Isn’t It Romantic?,” “Mimi” and “Lover.” The comedy is delightfully risqué. As an example of everything that can be done in terms of cinema, Citizen Kane‘s got nothing on it. Every trick in the book is here and quite a few originated here. What is it? It’s Rouben Mamoulian’s Love Me Tonight (1932), and it’s about as close to a perfect movie as you’re likely to get. It’s exciting, exhilarating, funny, absurd and altogether wonderful. It was described by one contemporary critic as “the kind of movie I wish I had a copy of so I could take it out and show it to friends and make them feel better, too.” (And that was about 50 years before people thought very much about owning movies.) The Asheville Film Society will screen Love Me Tonight Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

Phenomena (Creepers) JJJJ

Director: Dario Argento Players: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Patrick Bauchau Horror Rated NR Heavy-metal music blares from the sound track — sometimes for no very good reason. Jennifer Connelly gets telepathic with insects. A crazed killer prowls a girls school (named for Richard Wagner) in Switzerland. Gory killings abound. There’s sleepwalking, unsafe buildings just anyone can wander into, a latein-the-day plot twist involving an insane asylum, an over-the-top madwoman and more maggots than you ever dreamed possible (assuming you ever dreamed about maggots in the first place, which I’d advise against). Oh, yes, there’s also the world’s longest telephone cord and the possibly unique use of a simian ex machina. No, you haven’t lost your mind, it’s just Dario Argento’s Phenomena (1985), which played the U.S. in a cut version as Creepers. Now, here it is in all its whackedout glory — and it’s actually one of Signor Argento’s more coherent efforts. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Phenomena (Creepers) Thursday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

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laugh of the year out of a well-placed cutaway to Rex Ingram, as Jim in the 1939 Huckleberry Finn, delivering a perfectly innocent line, which becomes anything but in this context. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande.

Life During Wartime JJJJ

Director: Todd Solondz (Happiness) Players: Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy, Ciarán Hinds, Michael Lerner, Dylan Riley Snyder Dark Comedy/Drama Rated R

The Story: Todd Solondz’s self-described “quasi-sequel” to Happiness examines the lives of the original film’s characters — about 10 years later — and their attempts to deal with the past. The Lowdown: A strange, dark, disturbing film of considerable power — but one that’s only for a pretty select audience who don’t shy away from grim content. Filmgoers who like their comedy so dark that they might forget to laugh will delight in Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime — an uncomfortable, if not downright unpleasant, sequel of sorts to his Happiness (1998). I say “of sorts” because none of the characters appears to be played by the same actor and it wisely doesn’t matter if

you’ve seen Happiness (I haven’t) in order to understand Life During Wartime or to “get it.” The question that arises is whether or not you’ll want to. This is a good film — not, I think, a great one — but it’s quite apt to be off-putting to some viewers. I admit I am by no means an expert on Solondz’s work. I saw Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), but that was so long ago that it hardly matters. However, I will say that my feelings after watching Dollhouse were similar to those I have about Wartime: I didn’t exactly enjoy the film while I was watching it, but its cumulative effect was peculiarly moving. And in the case of this latest effort — which is fresh in my mind — I certainly admired the craftsmanship that went into unifying a fairly scattered, multicharacter narrative. Some of it is visual patterning (think tulips). Some of it is thematic consistency. Both conspire to make the film finally feel like a single piece. In some respects — from my non-Solondzsavvy point of view — the film reminded me of Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York (2008), but without that film’s density or brilliance. In other respects — notably the dream or fantasy scenes where Joy (Shirley Henderson) encounters the ghosts of suicides — it had something of a David Lynch air about it, and by that I mean the late period Lynch of Inland Empire (2006). These comparisons, however, only convey some small sense of tone, since Wartime is finally its own animal — for better or worse. It’s probably pointless to attempt to summarize the plot, which more or less focuses on three sisters: Trish (Allison Janney), Helen (Ally

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The Town JJJJJ

Director: Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) Players: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper Crime Drama Rated R

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Sheedy) and Joy. But the film is as much about the people in their lives as it is about them. The most developed story concerns Trish, her shot at a new life with Harvey Wiener (Michael Lerner), her relationships with her children — especially 13-year-old Timmy (newcomer Dylan Riley Snyder) — and the specter of her ex-husband, Bill (Ciarán Hinds), a convicted pedophile just released from prison. One of the central dramas here concerns the process of lying to children in order to “protect them.” Having told Timmy that his father is dead leaves him unprepared to deal with the truth, while her simultaneously sanitized and alarmist explanation of homosexuality sets the stage for the destruction of her own happiness. But this isn’t a film that’s about plot. It’s a film about the search for connectivity between people, about the need for forgiveness, about the need for redemption — and about the aching longing for these things by people who have no idea how to attain them or to offer them to others. Some of it is bitterly funny (a discussion about terrorists, for example). Some of it is just plain bitter. However, there’s some sense of hopefulness when all is said and done, but whether it will be enough for many viewers is another matter. If you do see it, though, watch the scene at the car very closely — the whole frame — between Timmy and Harvey’s son, Mark (Rich Pecci), who has Asperger’s syndrome. Rated R for strong sexual content, brief nudity and language, including some disturbing dialogue. reviewed by Ken Hanke

The Story: A Boston bank robber must deal with pressure from the law, his loyalties to his family and friends, and romantic entanglements with a former hostage. The Lowdown: A slick, taut, solid crime thriller, with a bit of heart and intelligence thrown in, as well. If The Town doesn’t fully salvage Ben Affleck’s career, I’m convinced nothing will — or can. Affleck’s career was in a shambles after a slew of bad movies in the early-to-mid-aughts — starting with Daredevil (2003) and climaxing with the turkey Surviving Christmas (2004) — and overexposure due to his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. Ever since, Affleck has mostly kept a low profile, besides bit parts in a handful of small releases, with his biggest film project being his directorial debut with the excellent Gone Baby Gone (2007), a movie he didn’t even make an appearance in. Now, six years since his last starring role, Affleck is back in the lead in his second directorial effort. The Town — a hard-nosed crime drama set in the seedier side of Boston — is very much in the same vein as Gone Baby Gone. But where Gone Baby Gone was more of a thriller with elements of noir, ultimately acting as an examination of morality, The Town is more a straight crime drama: part actioner, part thriller.

But don’t let The Town fool you — this is not just another heist movie. Instead, it acts more like a character study, and a pretty heartfelt one at that. The film opens with Affleck — as bank robber Doug MacRay — sticking up a Boston bank with his crew, all adorned in skeleton masks. As often happens in such movies, things don’t go as planned, so the robbers are forced — at the behest of Doug’s hothead friend and partnerin-crime James (Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker) — to take a hostage. In this case, it’s the bank manager, Claire (Rebecca Hall, Frost/Nixon), who they soon let go once they’re free from danger. The experience is still enough to emotionally wreck her. Since the gang can’t know how much Claire witnessed while she was a hostage, Doug is forced to buddy up to her to learn what she knows, but soon finds himself falling for her. The Town’s plot mostly revolves around Doug and Claire’s relationship, while at the same time dealing with Doug’s attempts at breaking away not so much from the life he leads and the world he grew up in, but the life he is destined to be mired in. It’s a life he was born into, since the neighborhood he has lived in his entire life — Charlestown — is a breeding ground for thieves and criminals. His father (Chris Cooper), who was also a bank robber, has passed his trade down to his son. The film trades heavily in crime-thriller clichés — from the FBI agent (Jon Hamm, The Day the Earth Stood Still) hot on their tracks to the one last job Doug has to pull off — but they’re all handled in such a realistic, unpretentious manner that it hardly matters. Even Doug’s need to start his life over falls into this category of crime-drama histrionics, but in this case it works in the film’s favor. There’s a sense of doom that hangs over the entire movie, one that you can’t help but feel the characters sense, too. Because of the type of film this is, we know that things aren’t going to end up nice and tidy for anyone and Affleck uses this to his advantage, ratcheting up the suspense every chance he gets. That Affleck has made a movie this nerve-wracking, while also trading in the basics of the genre’s truisms, is an impressive feat unto itself. This is not your normal, über-cool attempt at a heist flick. Unlike movies that eschew characterization for style, such as the recent Takers, The Town is a gritty, sometimes nasty affair that’s short on cheeky cleverness. But while this is a movie full of shiftless people, there’s never the sense that we’re wallowing in muck. These characters are not to be admired, but there is an inherent humanity buried somewhere underneath. The movie trades in the distinction. The Town is a well-crafted, excellently paced product without any wrong notes — a testament to Affleck’s shift to the director’s chair. The film is a professional bit of entertainment with enough intelligence for those wanting more from their thrillers. The fact that The Town gets so much right in an industry that gets so much wrong is admirable in itself. Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande.


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Leslie & Associates, Inc. established in 1984, is a full-service real estate brokerage firm specializing in property management for the Asheville and Hendersonville areas. We offer more than 1,200 rental units including residential rentals, professional offices, and warehouse space. Our company offers fully staffed leasing, maintenance, and accounting divisions as well as 24-hour emergency property maintenance.

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Real Estate

Homes For Sale

$159,000 • HAW CREEK COTTAGE 2BR, 1BA restored $129,300 • WEST ASHEVILLE COTTAGE 2BR, 1BA charming, updated, and move-in ready. • Covered porch and fenced yard for pets. • Level lot with mature hardwood trees. MLS#469819. Call Chris Pelly: (828) 231-3704. Keller Williams. chris@chrispelly.com $135,000 • HAW CREEK BUNGALOW Old apple barn, 1BR, 1BA, extra room w/WD. Hardwood floors, outbuildings, 0.38 acres. Well insulated. 216-5448.

and updated. Gleaming kitchen, hardwood floors, fireplace, gas heat, central AC, workshop and more.

$179,900 • WEST ASHEVILLE Beautiful home, 3BR, 2BA, bonus room, WD. • Large partially wooded lot, 0.34 acres on very quiet deadend street with great neighbors! • Upstairs, all hardwood floors, except kitchen/bath. • New: modern kitchen, roof, exterior paint, garage door. • Large private back porch. • Downstairs living area: private, full bath/kitchen, separate entrance. • Must see to appreciate. • Walk to park, all amenities on Haywood Road. • Convenient to everything West Asheville! 43 Rex Drive. • Call Pia: (828) 768-0594 or (386) 4090273, leave message.

Convenient East Asheville location. MLS#474435. Call Chris Pelly: (828) 231-3704. Keller Williams. chris@chrispelly.com

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COMPLETELY REMODELED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM Applicants must be at 80% or below of area median income based on HUD household size income limits • NEW – Windows, Roof, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC • Generous Natural Light • Laminate / Vinyl / Carpet flooring • Bonus Room in Attic • Central Heat / Air • Range, Range Hood, Dishwasher Included • Concrete Walkway • Paved Drive • Covered Side Porch

$199,972 • EAST HENDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT • New Home $40,000 below tax value! • 100% USDA financing eligible. Minutes from town with country feel. 3BR, 2BA, 1770 sqft, gourmet kitchen, 9’ ceilings, gas log fireplace, walk in closets, 2 car garage and Bonus space upstairs with room for expansion! (828) 687-2883. $249,000 • HAW CREEK Handsome brick home with year-round views. Large lot, fireplace, full basement, hardwood floors, privacy. • If purchased with adjacent half acre, flat lot: $299,000. MLS#472421. • (828) 2102222. City Real Estate.

$325,000 • HOUSE PLUS RENTAL Approximately 2300 sqft, 3BR, 2BA, daylight basement/garage on 2 plus acres. • Large bass pond/creek/spring. • Rental cabin $540/month income. 10 minutes to downtown. (828) 273-5834.

$94,972 • DRASTICALLY REDUCED! Brand new, craftsman style home. 3BR, 2BA, 1217 sqft. Upgraded Kenmore appliances. Your land or ours. For more details call (828) 687-2883. 1% BUYER AGENT COMMISSION 1% rebate from Buyer Agent Commission. Search all WNC properties including foreclosures at www.BuncombeRealty.com, view any home within 24 hours, 828-301-2021.

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3BR/2BA HOME FOR SALE IN OAKLEY Mountain Views, Reynolds School District. 1200sq.ft. + 800sq.ft. partially furnished basement, A/C. 1-car garage, all new floors, wood fireplace. www.HomesByOwner.com/4 3517 buckles321@aol.com 904-806-1191. BENDING OVER BACKWARDS! For our clients! (828) 713-5337. • Free property value report! • Search all MLS listings in 1 location: AshevilleHolisticRealty.com

BEVERLY HILLS • 2BR, 1BA, hardwood floors, tile, fireplace, newer heat pump, freshly painted, W/D, large, landscaped corner lot, great storage, garage, half block from golf course. $169,900. 828-296-0064. BLACK MOUNTAIN • Unique 2BR, 1BA cottage. Move-in ready, energy efficient, great neighborhood, many updates. Detached garage, storage building, fenced yard. • Possible Owner Financing • $129,300. 828298-3933

COMPACT COTTAGE COMPANY • Small “green”built buildings usable for an enormous variety of practical applications, such as: Sleep, Work, Mother-in-law storage, Poker, Karaoke, Be in the doghouse in. From $15K30K. compactcottages.com, 828-254-5450.

CONVENIENT COUNTRY LIVING • Weaverville area. 3BR/1.5BA 1,200 sq.ft. Private country home with protected views and tree filled 1.7acre lot. Full unfinished basement/garage. Additional land available. New high efficiency windows and doors. All appliances. New well-40gpm. New HVAC and HW heater. New carpet throughout. New tile in kitchen and baths. All new electric and plumbing fixtures. Over $50k in recent upgrade. Survey completed! Easy closing! Best Deal in all of Buncombe county and only 12 minuntes to downtown. $179,000. Call 828 275 4506 or 778-1650.

FOR SALE OR RENT • 3BR, 2BA. Newly renovated, central heat and A/C, W/D, gas fireplace. Near Hendersonville. Sale price: $165K. Rental: $850/month. 828-884-2680.

GORGEOUS, HISTORIC HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER 3BR/2BA, 2,700 sq.ft. with mature trees, two porches, patio, outbuilding and fire pit on 1/2 acre. $524,500. www.150cumberland.com. (828) 216-6819. GORGEOUSLY UPGRADED, PRICED RIGHT Beautifully updated three bedroom, two bath. Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings. Garage partially converted to extra bedroom. Biking, hiking trails nearby. 704-293-6298. INSTANT EQUITY ON A GREAT BEAVERDAM HOUSE MLS#456009. $178,000, 3BR/2BA, 1392 sq.ft. on .39 flat acres with a running creek in the back. Several updates throughout, all appliances included, desirable area. Motivated sellers! Barbara Zlatkin, Buncombe Realty (6741949). LOVELY RANCH HOME FOR SALE IN BREVARD One private acre, 1.4 miles from downtown. 3BR + office, 2BA. Art studio and workshop. Fenced yard, upgraded kitchen. Nice. $219K. Agent: Alisha Crowder 828-577-1508. AlishaCrowder@kw.com

Condos For Sale $299,000 • DOWNTOWN LOFT In the heart of downtown! Granite counter tops, skylight and hooded gas Viking stove. California custom closets, modern track lighting, bamboo floors, skylight in bathroom. Gas log fireplace, balcony facing with mountain views. MLS#473662. The Real Estate Center (828) 2554663. www.recenter.com

VILLAGE ON HAYWOOD Four residential condos and one commercial left. • 50% of building sold. • Granite counter tops, stainless appliances, hardwood floors. CO has been issued - move in ready. • Starting in the $160,000s. A Must See! The Real Estate Center (828) 255-4663 www.recenter.com

Farms

18 ACRE ORGANIC FARM Just 8 miles from Asheville in a highly desirable section of Leicester by the South Turkey Creek loop. Beautiful 2500 sqft, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car garage house, originally a 100 year old dairy barn with 8 additions, the most recent 1995. • Big barn and silos. • 4 acres of bottom land, 5 acres of woods, the rest very fertile pasture. Gentle hills. Creeks, spring fed cistern and tubs for watering animals, dressage field for horses, more than a mile of electric fences. Great for farm, cattle, horse ranch, private estate, or development. Septic in on another building site. • At least 5 good building sites with the roads already graded in. • Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, pears and very fertile ground. • Reduced! $589,000 or best offer. Call Ron at (828) 683-5959 or ronkane@bellsouth.net

Land For Sale 1 ACRE • JUNALUSKA HIGHLANDS Premier sold out gated community, 5 minutes from downtown Waynesville. Water and electric on lot. • National treasure white oak tree with a trunk more than 6 feet across. Good views, yet privacy, southern exposure. It’s the smallest, but best lot in Junaluska Highlands. • Lot 35. Reduced! • $95,000 or best offer. Call Ron at (828) 683-5959 or ronkane@bellsouth.net

4+ ACRES • BEAUTIFUL AND SUNNY Mountain and valley views. Mature woods. Gentle building site with additional site on knoll in the woods. $44,900. MLS#460122. Steve DuBose: (828) 622-3518. Mountain Home Properties. sdubose@ mountaindream.com 68 ACRE COVE • MADISON COUNTY Backs to National Forest. • Owner must Sacrifice: $200,000. • Some owner financing possible. (828) 206-0785. www.laurelriverrealty.com IN-TOWN LOTS FOR SALE • Kenilworth Lake front and Montford. For details, see www.wncrental.com TWO BEAUTIFUL ACRES BORDERING NATIONAL FOREST, SWANNANOA Lovely view. Private. Backs up to Natioinal Forest and trails to that go on forever. Septic perked. 704-293-6298.

Home Services

Heating & Cooling MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING INC • Service • Repairs • Replacements AC/Heat Pumps • Gas/Oil Furnaces • New Construction/Renovations • Gas piping. • Visa/MC/Discover. (828) 658-9145.

Upholstery 13.5 +/- ACRES Mountain views including Max Patch. Woods with cleared home site. Power, phone and drive in place. Rock formations. Creek and springs. $70,000. MLS#473283. Steve DuBose: (828) 622-3518. Mountain Home Properties. sdubose@ mountaindream.com 16.5 ACRES • MARS HILL With cute, comfortable home. 5 acres of bottomland with creek. • $200,000. (828) 206-0785. www.laurelriverrealty.com 25 MINUTES TO ASHEVILLE • 48 ACRES Private cove and contiguous subdivision lot. Views, water. Below 2010 appraisal, $175,000. • Prospectus: (360) 754-4355.

UPHOLSTERY AND RESTORATION Quality and friendly custom restoration services for all your upholstery needs. • Auto • Home. Free estimates. (828) 551-5211.

Handy Man HIRE A HUSBAND Handyman Services. 30 years professional experience. Quality, reliability. References available. Free estimates. $2 million liability insurance. Stephen Houpis, (828) 280-2254.


Services

Education/ Tutoring

FLATIRON BUILDING • Downtown Asheville. 3rd floor. 3 office suites total 1,108 sq. ft. Bank owned. $150,000. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024. jmenk@gmproperty.com

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Graduate in just 4 weeks!! FREE Brochure. Call now. 1-800-532-6546 Ext. 97 http://www.continentalacade my.com (AAN CAN)

HENDERSONVILLE. Urban flex space on historic 7th Ave. Live, work. 9,000 sq. ft. for only $405,000. Bank owned. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024,

Computer

Commercial/Busi ness Rentals

CHRISTOPHER’S COMPUTERS • Computer Slow? Call Christopher’s Computers at 828-670-9800 and let us help you with PC and Macintosh issues: networking, virus/malware removal, tutoring, upgrades, custom-built new computers, etc. www.ChristophersComputers .com

Caregivers COMPANION • CAREGIVER • LIVE-IN Alzheimer’s experienced. • CarePartners Hospice recommended. • Nonsmoker, with cat, seeks live-in position. • References. • Arnold, (828) 273-2922.

1 MONTH FREE WITH CONTRACT 1550 Hendersonville Road • Beautifully decorated office space. Ready to move in. • Perfect for architect, accountant, or general business use. Ample parking at the door. (828) 691-0586. 105 BROADWAY • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE Street level plus basement, free parking space, available October 1. $1500/month, first/last/security. Owner: (828) 280-1284. RIVER ARTS DISTRICT STUDIOS AVAILABLE Starting as low as $195 per month. (828)-231-7120

Rentals Commercial Listings

Commercial Property

$295,000 • BROADWAY ARTS BUILDING Downtown Office Space with hardwood floors, exposed brick, kitchenette, full bath and reception area. Includes one parking space in garage and elevator access. MLS#474048. The Real Estate Center: (828) 2554663. www.ReCenter.com

$799,000 or $4500/MONTH Downtown building • Great parking. 8 rooms, reception area, 2 restrooms and 1 private restroom w/shower, lab area and staff lounge. • Excellent location with 24 space private parking lot. • For sale or lease. MLS#474194. The Real Estate Center: (828) 2554663. www.ReCenter.com

Apartments For Rent 1-2BR/1-2BA ARDEN, GLEN BEALE, D/W, W/D connections, AC. $545$645/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS From $525$1500. • Huge selection! • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966. Alpha-Real-Estate.com 1BA/STUDIO • 85 Merrimon. Summer Special! All utilities included. $500/month. 828253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA EAST • Newly remodeled, furnished garage apt. A/C, cable, utilities furnished. Smoke free, no pets. $750/month. 828-7139953.

1BR. 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 2010 Laurel Park. Coin-op laundry, heat included. $495/month. 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR/1BA CENTRAL 15 Grindstaff. Russian-style architecture. $550/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2-3BR, 1-2.5BA SOUTH • 30 Dawnwood. Central heat and A/C, patio. $595$750/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2-3BR/1BA NORTH Westall Apts. great location, W/D hookups. $665-$725/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1.5BA HENDERSONVILLE • 902 Hillcrest. Deck, 2-car garage. $595/month. 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 68 N. French Broad. Hardwood floors, mountain views. $795-$890/month. 828-2531517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA EAST • 1746 Tunnel Rd. A/C, D/W. $595/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA EAST • 2484 Riceville Rd. Porch, W/D hookups. $595/month. 828263-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 365 Weaverville Highway. Carport, washer/dryer hookups. $595/month. 828253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA SOUTH • 453 Kenilworth. A/C, W/D hookups. $595/month. 828253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 2BA EAST • 746 Bee Tree Lake. W/D, A/C. $675/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 2BA NORTH • 265 Charlotte. A/C, dishwasher. $865/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 2BA NORTH • 27 Spooks Mill. Deck, mountain views. $975/month. 828253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 1225 Highland. Elevator, hardwood floors. $475$550/month. 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR/1BA EAST 9 Lindsey. A/C, W/D hookups. $595/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA NORTH • 83 Edgemont. Hardwood floors, A/C. $685/month. 828-2531517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR/1BA NORTH 20 Brookdale. A/C, W/D hookups. $595/month. 828253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA NORTH • Milfoil Cottage. D/W, Central A/C. $760/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

3BR, 2BA ARDEN • 8202 Terra. A/C, walk-in closet. $795/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA SOUTH • 30 Allen. Patio, A/C, heatpump, $545/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

3BR, 2BA WEST • 6 Evelake. Central AC/Heat, Deck. $795/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

CANDLER • Large 2BR, lots of closet space. Electric heat, water provided $600/month. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. CHARMING VICTORIAN COTTAGE - MONTFORD HISTORIC DISTRICT 1BR/1BA with LR and small study or 2nd BR. Hardwood floors, gas heat, quiet & private. Water included. $685/mo. Year’s lease, references, security dep, credit check required. 1 pet considered with fee and references. For appt: Elizabeth Graham 253-6800. COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE AT RACQUET CLUB • 2BR/2BA. Spacious rooms, newly renovated with new kitchen appliances. Private deck, fireplace, large closets, and sports equipment storage space. $950/month includes water PLUS full Tennis and Exercise Club membership! Year’s lease, credit check, security req. For appt: Graham Investments, Elizabeth Graham 253-6800 SMALL APARTMENT, NO KITCHEN 2 rooms w/bath, private entrance, fridge, microwave, toaster oven, all utilities, satellite TV. Asbury Rd, Candler. $205 biweekly, $410 at move in. 828-2424321. SOUTH • Forestdale. 2BR, 2BA. D/W, storage. $775/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com Walk To UNCA 2BR, 1BA. Washer/dryer connections. Trash pick-up, water included. Off-street parking. Quiet area. Pets considered with deposit. Prefer nonsmoker. $645/month + $645 security deposit. 1-year lease required. Call Tom (828) 2307296. WEST-ACTON WOODS APTS • 2BR, 2BA, 1100 sq.ft. $775/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty. WEST • 1BR, 1BA. A/C. $550/month. Call 828-2530758. Carver Realty.

Mobile Homes For Rent WEST ASHEVILLE 4BR/2BA DOUBLEWIDE Spacious corner lot. Very clean, new carpet. one year lease, application fee. References, background/credit check. 404-372-0186 or fayreed@bellsouth.net

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent BE IN CENTER OF WEST ASHEVILLE LIVING! 2BR/1.5BA condo in Village on Haywood. Granite counter-tops, quality stainless appliances, hardwood floors, central air/heat with washer/dryer hookup, 2 decks. Ready for immediate occupancy. Monthly rent $1000. Deposit of 1 month’s rent with credit check and references required; no pets. Shown by appt 828-280-4200. BEAUCATCHER MOUNTAIN 5 minutes to downtown Asheville. Great views. 2BR, 2BA. Huge balcony. Fireplace. Pool. $900/month includes water. Must see! (828) 2794337.

HENDERSONVILLE CONDO 2BR/2BA upper level, immaculate at The Woods. No pets/No Smoking unit. $735/month+$1000 security. Ready for tenant. 828-6986776.

Homes For Rent 1BR + OFFICE, 750’ HOUSE New paint and floors. Monitor heat (Averages $40month), water included. Storage. Deck, yard. Clean, light, quiet! 20 min. downtown. Candler. Best Deal! $595/month + $550 deposit. Laura 828-337-5845 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966 Alpha-Real-Estate.com 2BR, 1BA EAST • 21 Springdale. Full basement, Central A/C. $875/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA CONDO - EASTWOOD VILLAGE Available October 1: Beautiful 2BR/2BA condo. Safe, great community. Stainless appliances. Balcony for privacy. Must have great references. 304-610-9543 yerridnin@aol.com

2BR/1BA EAST 80 Pershing. A/C, fenced yard, rear deck $870/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

DOWNTOWN LUXURY CONDO New loft in historic 52 Biltmore Avenue building. 2BR, 2BA. • Gourmet kitchen, oak floors, exposed brick, fireplace, large windows, WD, concrete, granite, stone, stainless upgrades. • Indoor parking. Best Downtown location; walk to anything! • Reduced! • $1895/month. • 1 year lease required. (828) 3018033 or (954) 684-1300. phillpen@aol.com

3BR, 3BA NORTH • 129 Pearson. Central AC, Deck. $1,530/month. 828-2531517. www.leslieandassoc.com

3BR, 2BA FLETCHER • 302 Springfield. Hardwood floors, fenced yard. $1,220/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

45 MINUTES TO ASHEVILLE 15 minutes to Hot Springs! Trout stream • Marshall/Shelton Laurel, 3BR, 1.5BA. • New: cabinets, woodfloors, paint! • Full basement. • 1 acre. • $550/month. Call Stacey: (828) 206-0785. Laurel River Realty.

BEE TREE/SWANNANOA AREA • This quiet 2 story energy efficient home in the woods has 3BR, 3BA with front and back porch, heat pump/Vermont Casting woodstove/propane backup, 1300sq.ft.1 car garage, W/D, all kitchen appliances and wood floors. Rent is $1,250 per month. Property Management of Asheville 828-253-2537 BEST TIME IS NOW! Best time to buy, pay less than rent, 1% rebate from Buyer Agent Commission, see www.BuncombeRealty.com, 301-2021.

BOTANY WOODS • EAST ASHEVILLE • QUIET 3BR, 2BA home • 5 miles East of downtown Asheville. Hardwood floors, large living room, deck, fenced backyard, garage and carport, ceiling fans in every room, partial daylight basement, all in a quiet wooded neighborhood. References and background checks required. • Pets considered. • Now available for showing with appointment.$1100/month, 1 year lease. (828) 216-8181.

CENTRAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES AVAILABLE • Rentals • Rental Management • Sales • Listings. • The City Solution! 828.210.2222. AshevilleCityRealEstate.com

DEAD END ROAD • WEAVERVILLE 4BR, 3BA. Hardwood floors, Big deck, fenced area, lots of storage. Private, but near town. $1280/month. (828) 275-2248. christybart@bellsouth.net SOUTH ASHEVILLE HOME 3BR, 2BA. Large yard. Quiet setting, screened in porch, fireplace, hardwood floors. $1,000/month. 713-6578 SOUTH 3BR, 2.5BA, fireplace, hardwood floors, garage. $995/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.

Vacation Rentals A BEACH HOUSE AT FOLLY 20 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, SC. • The legendary dog-friendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage, across the street from the beach!Visit www.kudzurose.com or call (404) 617-1146.

Owning a Home is Better... Don’t take our word on this. When Fannie Mae asked current renters for the major reason to buy a house in their National Housing Survey 2010, these were the answers renters gave: 78% It was a good place to raise children 75% Because they would feel safe 70% Because you have control of your own space

Mill Creek Condominiums

New Pricing from $129,900 Split 2 bedroom/2 bath floor plans for privacy and convenience. Only 10 minutes to Downtown Asheville. Now FHA approved *Based upon 100% Financing, Purchase price of $129,900, USDA Loan, PITI,1% Orig fee, 4.5% Fixed rate for 30 yrs, APR 5.003%.

$772.05 Monthly payment* For appointment call Bunny Shipley at (828) 691-9046 or Patti Haberstock at (828) 712-0970

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jobs

Seeks a part-time Kitchen Coordinator/Cook who is responsible for menu planning, shopping, and preparation of lunches and

BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 2771492. bennie14@bellsouth.net VACATION CABINS • North of Weaverville. Come enjoy the fall colors. 1 and 2 bedrooms. Private and secluded. Everything furnished except food and charcoal. New fall prices. $80 per night. 828-626-2749

Short-Term Rentals BUSINESS TRIPS • VACATION • RELOCATING? Conveniently located, charming 1BR cottage, in historic Asheville neighborhood. • Completely furnished, includes linens, TV, internet. • (2 week minimum). norwoodcottage@ gmail.com

Roommates 10 MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN Share 3BR, 2BA home on 2 plus acres in Leicester. $400/month. Private room and bath. • Sorry, no pets, no inside smoking. Call (828) 273-5834. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please go to www.mountainx.com for additional listings. NORTH ASHEVILLE Share 2BR, 1BA apartment. $325/month, includes cable/internet. $300 deposit. Share utilities. Great neighborhood. 808-0831.

Employment

General $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1800-405-7619 EXT 2450 http://www.easyworkgreatpay.com (AAN CAN)

CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit: biltmore.com HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES “Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.” Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. • Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333.

LOCAL WHOLESALE COMPANY • We are Looking for two motivated individuals to fill full-time help in our warehouse operations department (North Asheville). These positions are responsible for a variety of warehouse tasks including housekeeping, inventory management, order picking, packing, and processing using portable scanners. Candidate must be detailed oriented and have basic computer skills (knowledge of QuickBooks and Microsoft Office a plus). Interested parties must be friendly, self motivated, reliable, and likes being part of a team. The candidate must also be able to remain focused and be able to balance multiple tasks in a busy environment. Hourly wage $9.00 - $11.00. Benefits include comfortable atmosphere w/casual dress, paid time off, paid holidays, and health insurance. Interested parties should email resume and a cover letter with any additional information that might help us make a hiring decision to: Jamesm@allfungifts.com

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MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Buncombe/Haywood: Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Experience in Vocational Rehabilitation preferred. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs.org Clinician Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have Master’s degree and be license-eligible. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs.org Peer Support Specialist Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have lived experience with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges and be at a place in one’s own recovery to give back to others. Please contact Mason

Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs.org Haywood County: Therapist Offender Services, (Sex Offender and Domestic Violence Treatment Programs): Must have a Master’s degree and be licenseeligible. Experience preferred. Please contact Diane Paige, diane.paige@meridianbhs.org Case Manager (QMHP) Recovery Education Center: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Julie Durham-Defee, julie.durham-defee@ meridianbhs.org Jackson County: Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Experience in Vocational

Rehabilitation preferred. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker@ meridianbhs.org Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker@ meridianbhs.org Case Manager (QMHP) Recovery Education Center: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Julie Durham-Defee, julie.durham-defee@ meridianbhs.org Jackson County: Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Experience in Vocational

Swain/Qualla Boundary: Therapist Child and Family Services: Must have a Master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Chris Cruise, chris.cruise@ meridianbhs.org Cherokee County: Clinician Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have Master’s degree and be licenseeligible. Please contact Patty Bilitzke, patricia.bilitzke@ meridianbhs.org

work Monday-Friday with an

maintains organized, sanitary

organization dedicated to

kitchen environments for use

helping children succeed?

by all JCC programs. Strongly preferred: knowledge of

Eliada Homes is in search of

kosher kitchen and food

someone to assist in our

requirements; knowledge of

kitchen. Duties would include

nutritional needs of older adults; experience cooking

stocking, cleaning, assisting

for groups. Requires good

with food preparation as

communication skills and

needed, and packing and

flexibility. Submit resume by email to alison@jcc-

delivering food to all areas of

asheville.org or mail to Alison

our 200 acre campus. Must

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be 21 or older with a clean

Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801; or obtain

driving record. Hours are

employment application at

Monday-Friday from

the JCC. Detailed job

approximately 9am-3:00pm.

description available at

Please send in a copy of your

www.jcc-asheville.org Application deadline:

resume to

10/1/2010

eweaver@eliada.org.

— AVA I L A B L E Rehabilitation preferred. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy. whitaker@ meridianbhs.org Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker@meridianbhs.org Case Manager (QMHP) Recovery Education Center: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Julie Durham-Defee, julie.durhamdefee@meridianbhs.org

service? Would you like to

miscellaneous meetings. The

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Peer Support Specialist Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program: Must have lived experience with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges and be at a place in one’s own recovery to give back to others. Please contact Julie Durham-Defee, Julie.durham-defee@ meridianbhs.org Case Manager (QMHP) Recovery Education Center: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Joe Ferrara, joe.ferrara@meridianbhs.org Transylvania County: Team Leader Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have Master’s degree and be licenseeligible. Please contact Ben Haffey, ben.haffey@ meridianbhs.org Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Ben Haffey,

ben.haffey@ meridianbhs.org Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Ben Haffey, ben.haffey@ meridianbhs.org Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Please contact Ben Haffey, ben. haffey@meridianbhs.org Case Manager (QMHP) Recovery Education Center: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Caroline Bradford, caroline.bradford@ meridianbhs.org Macon County: Case Manager (QMHP) Recovery Education Center: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Joe Ferrara, joe.ferrara@meridianbhs.org

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OFFICE MANAGER • Warren Wilson College seeks a three fourths-time Office Manager for the Swannanoa Gathering. The Manager will provide secretarial and administrative support for the Director and customer service for the Gathering attendees. In addition to office communications, the Manager acts as a registrar for the summer workshops, receives and process payments, works with the Director in planning and executing various logistical tasks, recruits and supervises summer volunteers, and works with the Director in staging the summer workshops. The successful candidate will possess a college education and/or five years experience in a comparable position; excellent computer skills including proficiency with databases, spreadsheets, and excellent word processing skills; ability to work flexible hours throughout the year; basic a/v set-up and repair skills or trainable; and a high degree of organizational skills. Effective interpersonal skills in dealing with the public are a must. A knowledge and love of folk music are a definite plus. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to hr@warrenwilson.edu. Electronic submission only! Deadline for applications is Friday, October 1, 2010.

Skilled Labor/ Trades GLAZER WANTED COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL AND AUTO GLASS • Must have valid NC drivers license. Pay DOE. We offer health insurance, 401K, paid vacation and sick leave. Wholesale Glass and Mirror • 419 Haywood Road, Asheville. 828-254-8665.

Administrative/ Office ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT • 20 hours each week. Must be detail oriented, well organized and love numbers as well as people. Experience with QuickBooks preferred. Minimum of high school diploma with preference given to individual having two year degree in accounting field. Send resume and desired salary to Finance Manager, WNC Group Homes, 28 Pisgah View Avenue, Asheville NC 28803. PT ADMIN. ASSISTANT Maintain and organize files, both electronic/hard-copy. Create/edit correspondence. Extensive experience with MS Office and Outlook required. Call Alison 828246-7756.

Salon/ Spa EXPERIENCED ESTHETICIAN For specialized treatments at upscale boutique apothecary. • For an interview, call Sharon: 280-1980. Lavender Fields Maison de Beaute. LICENSED NAIL TECH Asheville mall location. Parttime. Call (828) 298-6246 or email resume to sherrie@ sugarmamawaxing.com

Sales/ Marketing ATTENTION The largest senior financial planning team in the Country is interviewing professional Salespeople for a recession proof career. • Training Provided • 4-6 Leads provided daily • Most competitive products in the industry • Monthly bonuses • Advanced commissions • First Year potential income $40-$60K! • To schedule an interview, call Kim: (828) 684-1477. Learn more at www.amerilife.com EVENT STAFFING / PROJECT MANAGEMENT / ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Screening, interviewing, staffing and managing Talent for various promotional event positions. This includes calling to check-in/verify talent’s presence at all assigned events. Please note: This is not an event planning position. Please send resumes, cover letter and salary history to: jball@eventprostrategies.com or fax to (480)283-1190 attn: Jai Ball www.eventprostrategies.com jball@eventprostrategies.com 480-449-4100 x313 JOIN THE ECOMOM TEAM! We are successful Moms who are choosing to work an eco-friendly marketing business from home. We are looking for associates in the WNC area.Visit www.southeastappalachiane coteam.com or call 828-246-3776.

Restaurant/ Food COCKTAIL SERVERS • EXPERIENCED Full or parttime for evenings. Great pay: $5.15-$6.50/hour plus tips. Flexible hours. 665-2161. • Apply in person: Holiday Inn Plaza, 435 Smokey Park Highway. Infusions Lounge. LINE COOK Experienced Line Cook needed for casual dining restaurant and tavern located in Hot Springs. Good wages, great place to work. Call Jim at: 704-604-1765.


Hotel/ Hospitality Human Services FRONT DESK CONCIERGE • RESERVATIONIST For upscale boutique inn. Exemplary customer service in a friendly and beautiful environment. Professional appearance, ability to work independently, light housekeeping and computer skills required. Call (828) 258-0986 or email resume info@ princessannehotel.com

Drivers/Delivery COURIER EXPRESS is looking for independent contractors who own their own cargo vans, 16’ box trucks, and 24’ box trucks to make local deliveries in the Asheville area. The routes can run Monday-Saturday, and cover all shifts. Settlement pay will be based on vehicle size and route. Must be +21, own vehicle, and have clean MVR, background, and drug screen. Please call (704) 369-8604 and ask for Driver Recruiting.

Medical/ Health Care ATTENTION CNAs Earn extra income,weekend staff and PRN shifts available! • Asheville, Leicester, Marshall, Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Weaverville, Waynesville. • You can become part of Stacie’s team if you have a clean background, a clean drug screening, and an eagerness to help people in their homes. (828) 649-9014 or apply at www.staciespcs.com ATTENTION CNAs Immediate need for dedicated, reliable CNAs for Black Mountain clients. Schedule: 40 plus hours/week. • Must have clean background, excellent references and pass drug screening. Call 649-9014. Stacie’s Personal Care Services, Inc. BANALTRUM CAREGIVERS • CNA’s Needed ASAP: Experienced CNA’s for inhome care to start immediately. Call 251-0034 or visit our office and fill out an application. • 33 Mineral Springs Road, Asheville, NC 28805. CHIROPRACTIC ASSISTANT Full-time opening at Asheville Chiropractic, 553 Haywood Road. Bring resume and letter of interest. Visit MountainX.com for info. (828) 253-0580. PROVIDE DWI ASSESSMENTS YOU set your schedule. State requires that you have a current C.S.A.C., L.C.A.S. or C.C.S. certification. Resume: ashevilleinstitute@gmail.com Kali: 828-253-7066.

BILINGUAL EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL To aid other professionals and parents. Children And Family Resource Center seeks full-time bilingual Early Childhood Services Associate. • BA/BS in early childhood or related field or equivalent experience required. Help parents find child care and assist Early Childhood Professionals seeking professional development services. • See www.childrenandfamily.org for job description. Send cover letter, resume and application to CFRC, Catherine Lieberman, 851 Case Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA has openings for child and adult QMHPs to provide day treatment services, Intensive In Home Services and Community Support Team services to consumers. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience working with the identified population. Please forward resumes to shearn@fpscorp.com

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is offering free informational meetings to those who are interested in becoming therapeutic foster parents. The meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm (snacks provided) and 4th Friday 12pm-1pm (lunch provided). • If you are interested in making a difference in a

PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH has an immediate opening for a full time Peer Support Specialist for our Community Support Team (CST). This is a challenging, out of the office position working in the community with adult SPMI and dual diagnosis (MH/SA) consumers. Travel is required and applicant must have good driving record, vehicle insurance and an inspected vehicle for transporting consumers. High School diploma or GED required. Parkway is an excellent, stable agency and offers competitive salary and excellent benefits including medical insurance, PTO and free Supervision for certifications/licensure. Please send resume to: slayton@parkwaybh.com

child’s life, please call Nicole

FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Due to continuous growth in WNC Families Together, Inc is now hiring licensed professionals in Madison, Rutherford, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties. • Qualified candidates will include • LPC’s, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LCAS’s, PLCSW’s, or LPCA’s. • FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. • www.familiestogether.net • Candidates should email resumes to humanresources@familiest ogether.net

FAMILIES TOGETHER, INC. Due to continuous growth through WNC, Families Together Inc. is hiring! FTI is a local mental health agency providing child, adult, and family centered services in WNC. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. Go to www.familiestogether.net for employment opportunities.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF RUTHERFORD AND POLK COUNTIES Is seeking THERAPISTS and QMHP’s to provide mental health services to children, families and adults. Please email resume to mtambini@fpscorp.com FUTURE VISION HIGH SCHOOL SITE LEADER PART TIME • Provide leadership during After School Program and Summer Camp for students and a support team supervising students in grades 9-12. Participants are “at risk” for school failure and/or gang participation. Provide enrichment and programming designed to raise student awareness about gang activity and the consequences of dropping out of school. Gather resources with the aim of preventing juvenile participation in gang activity. Position requires a selfmotivated, energetic person who is flexible and familiar with the age group. Employment will coincide with school calendar and some evenings. Driving a mini-bus (automatic transmission) is part of this position, and a clean driving record and valid driver’s license are required. Skills with computer programs such as Word and Excel is required. Experience with data entry is desired. Occasional weekend events. Pay: $10.50/hour, nonnegotiable. Full job description available on the website; www.ywcaofasheville.org Submit resume and cover letter to Erinn Huntley @ erinn.huntley@ywcaofashevill e.org at the YWCA. Deadline is September 24, 2010.

at 828-696-2667 x13 or e-

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR Licensed

mail Nicole: nicole.toto@thementornetwor

Counselors needed to fill positions with Mountain Area

k.com. • Become a

Recovery Center. We have

Therapeutic Foster Family. •

clinics located in both

Free informational meeting.

Asheville and Clyde, North

NC Mentor.

Carolina. Please e-mail your resume to

• Tuesday August 10,

rhonda.ingle@marc-otp.com

6:30pm-7:30pm (light snack)

or fax to attention: Rhonda

828-696-2667 x13,

Ingle at 828-252-9512.

120C Chadwick Square

Mountain Area Recovery

Court, Hendersonville, NC

Center is an Equal

SEEKING OVERNIGHT COUNSELORS • Does working at night appeal to you? Are you experienced in the human service field? Eliada Homes needs competent staff to give awake coverage to our students. The NRC ensures the security, health, and safety of students during their most vulnerable hours. Night staff sets the tone for the entire day, so it is extremely important that you are dedicated to the success and well being of every student in our care. Major responsibilities include: performing bed/bathroom checks every 7 to 10 minutes, assisting with preparation for daily activities, preparing meals, executing daily cleaning, and completing and reporting required documentation on students. Requirements: An AA/high school diploma/GED with at least one year of experience in the mental health field or equivalent skills is preferred. Must possess a valid NCDL and be insurable by Eliada’s carriers. Must be able to stay awake and alert during third shift hours. Position is full-time!!! $12/hr with benefits!! Please submit resume to eweaver@eliada.org SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR Licensed Counselors needed to fill positions with Mountain Area Recovery Center. We have clinics located in both Asheville and Clyde, North Carolina. Please e-mail your resume to rhonda.ingle@marc-otp.com or fax to attention: Rhonda Ingle at 828-252-9512. Mountain Area Recovery Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Opportunity Employer. 28739 PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL • PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH • Has an immediate opening in our Asheville and Hendersonville Offices for a full time licensed counselor to work with adult MH and dual SA/MH consumers. LCSW and Knowledge of working with Medicaid and IPRS clients would be preferred. Supervision provided for licensed MH clinicians seeking LCAS license. Parkway is an excellent, stable company and offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, medical insurance, PTO, free Supervision and CEUs for Licensure/Certification and much more for full time staff. Send resume to: slayton@parkwaybh.com

Has an immediate opening for a Full Time Licensed Clinician to head our Community Support Team (CST) working with dual SA/MH consumers. CST experience, knowledge of working with Medicaid and IPRS clients and registered with the NC SA Board would be preferred. Parkway is an excellent, stable company and offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, medical insurance, PTO, free Supervision and CEUs for Licensure/Certification and much more for full time staff. Send resume to: slayton@parkwaybh.com

PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL • Has an immediate opening for a Full Time Licensed Clinician to head our Community Support Team (CST) working with dual SA/MH consumers. CST experience, knowledge of working with Medicaid and IPRS clients and registered with the NC SA Board would be preferred. Parkway is an excellent, stable company and offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, medical insurance, PTO, free Supervision and CEUs for Licensure/Certification and much more for full time staff. Send resume to: slayton@parkwaybh.com

Caregivers/ Nanny NANNY NEEDED FOR MONTFORD FAMILY Nonsmoker, experienced nanny needed for Montford family with two girls, four and fiveyears-old. Schedule: M,W,F 8:00-5:30pm/ T,H 1:00-5:30. 727-563-5763 rachel.keener@catalinamark eting.com

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Computer/ Technical INTEGRITIVE, INC. SEEKS HTML / CSS DEVELOPER Integritive, seeks web developer w/strong communication, problem solving and programming skills. No calls, please visit http://www.integritive.com/d eveloper.html to apply.

IT TECHNICIAN NEEDED • Do you enjoy working in IT? Are you a self-starter with the ability to quickly solve problems and to work well with others? If so, consider being a part of Eliada Homes as our new IT technician! Responsibilities include general maintenance and installation of computers, printers, LAN devices, etc. Will provide technical support for all hardware and office software issues, maintain wireless networks, cabling, and peripheral equipment. Must have an associate’s degree in Information Technology or related field. Prefer five years experience with computer systems, setup, and maintenance. Must be familiar with network infrastructure. If qualified, please email resume to eweaver@eliada.org IT TECHNICIAN NEEDED IT Technician position available: Job duties include retail sales, computer repair and customer service. Candidates should have a positive attitude, basic understanding of PC and Mac hardware and software and desire to expand their existing knowledge of IT related subject matter. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am 3pm. Position offers a flexible schedule with competitive pay and the option to receive benefits. Submit resume to: resume@thewiredmouse.co m No phone calls please! WEB DEVELOPER ASHEVILLE Looking for a hungry junior level front-end to back-end WEB developer. See www.getshape.net/docs/Web DevelAsheville.pdf for more info or Email tgrotenhuis@getshape.net

Teaching/ Education

TEACHERS WANTED • Eliada Homes is seeking teachers who are dedicated to helping children succeed! We need exceptional individuals to complete our team-experience teaching math is essential! Teachers will work in our residential cottages and develop lessons that are in accordance with North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Must be flexible and creative, as it is necessary to differentiate lessons for different learning styles, individual needs, and class dynamics. Major responsibilities: Create a classroom environment that meets the academic and treatment needs of students, maintain an organized, structured classroom that allows for active student engagement and set clear and consistent guidelines and expectations. The teacher evaluates academic and behavioral progress of all students, which includes keeping attendance, preparing progress and grade reports, communicating with case managers, completing incident reports, participating in clinical meetings, completing Student Education Plans and providing feedback in regards to goals and objectives. Qualifications: Must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. Must also possess appropriate, current valid teaching certification as specified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or be able to obtain said licensure). Need to have a strong base in math, but need not be licensed in this subject. Prefer a minimum of two years teaching experience or direct residential experience with the target population. Eliada offers year-round schooling for students. All qualified individuals please email resume to eweaver@eliada.org.

NOW HIRING

Earn $65k, $50k, $40k GM, Co-Manager, Assistant Manager We currently have managers making this and need more for expansion. One year salaried restaurant management experience required. Fax resume to 336-431-0873

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WE’LL FIX IT AUTOMOTIVE • Honda and Acura repair. Half price repair and service. ASE and factory certified. Located in the Weaverville area. Please call 828-2756063 for appointment.

HANDMADE jewelry, crafts supplies, large variety books, clothing, knickknacks. Call for appointment or Saturdays

For Sale

Furniture MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828277-2500.

Employment Services UNDERCOVER SHOPPERS Get paid to shop. Retail and dining establishments need undercover clients to judge quality and customer service. Earn up to $100/day. Please call 1-800-720-0576.

Business Opportunities ALKALINE WATER Medical Device in Japan. Generous commission. Virtual Franchise. Sell internationally. Local Training/Support. (828) 989-6057. www.MyHolisticWater.biz

Mind, Body, Spirit

SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; melt in our sauna; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 299-0999. www.shojiretreats.com

Natural Alternatives HEALING HANDS ENERGY WORK • I will come to you. • Revitalizing Energy • You will experience increased quantity and flow of energy. • Please call or email to schedule an appointment. Studio appointments available. Blessings, Christina: (828) 337-5221. enerchi11@yahoo.com SKIN PROBLEMS? Eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes, itching? Free yourself with safe, all-natural product. $19.95. Money back Guarantee! (828) 335-1351.

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Bodywork MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828-254-4110. NC License #146. www.uhealth.net

Musical Services ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 • whitewaterrecording.com

Acoustic Music Room Recording Studio & Video Production Musical Recording Mixing & Mastering Music & Event HD Video Services

828-335-9316 www.amrmediastudio.com • visa/MC

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AUDIO/CD MASTERING Crane Song, Manley, API, and more. • Unrivaled in WNC/Upstate. Experienced and professional. Call (828) 442-6211 or (828) 724-1500. www.blantonemusic.com

MALE TIGER GRAY Yellow legs, collar with rabies tag and phone number. Lost September 5, Leicester area, off Old Highway 20, off Bear 683-3746.

Pets for Adoption

Equipment For Sale ESTEBAN LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR COMBO • Still in the box. Comes with amp, guitar, learning cds and manuals. Great deal for beginner guitarist. $100 negotiable. Call 337-1151.

ADOPT DEWEY!

Musicians’ Bulletin

www.ashevillehumane.org

Male/Neutered Hound/Mix 1 year. I.D. #11257280. Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road •

BOOMER is a sweet and tender 3 year old, black and white Shih Tzu with lots of love to give. He is good with children and most dogs. He is housebroken and crate trained, but prefers a comfy couch with his buddy Louie or his person. Boomer and Louie must be adopted together. Come meet this loving little guy. Stop by our Pet Harmony store for rescued pets located at 803 Fairview Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 to shop for all your pet supplies and find out when you can meet Boomer. Boomer is up-todate with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

(828) 253-6807

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please go to www.mountainx.com for additional listings. EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL VIOLINIST Seeking professional guitar, bass players, fluent in all styles, particularly Django, to form working group. Must enjoy process. Call 505-1179.

Sow True Seed

eyes, black lines on front

Creek Road. Please call: CASSETTE DUPLICATION SERVICES • One stop for all your duplication needs. CD’s, Cassettes, Albums, reel to reel, all cam corder tapes, and VHS to CD or DVD, news casts archive from CH 13, 40, 7, 4. Call 828-258-1337. www.tapedupe.com

Lawn & Garden

ADOPT JOEY! Male Domestic Shorthair/Mix 2 months I.D. #11103727. Asheville Humane Society •

COME MEET SNOOP! A Pointer/Hound mix, and many other dogs and puppies available for adoption at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s adoption center located at 31 Glendale Avenue. For more information, call 505-3440 or visit www.bwar.org

72 Lee’s Creek Road • (828) 253-6807

Pet Xchange

www.ashevillehumane.org

KELSIE is a sweet, small tortie who recently lost her owner. She is a big-eyed wonder, and readily greets you at her habitat. She is looking for her forever home. Stop by our Pet Harmony store for rescued pets located at 803 Fairview Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 to meet Kelsie and shop for all of your pet supply needs. Kelsie is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Pet Services ASHEVILLE PET SITTERS Dependable, loving care while you’re away. Reasonable rates. Call Sandy Ochsenreiter, (828) 215-7232. R.E.A.C.H. • OPEN HOUSE And Customer Appreciation Day. • “Behind the scenes” tours, free leashes, and more! Saturday, October 2, 11am-4pm. Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital, 677 Brevard Road. 665-4399. www.reachvet.com R.E.A.C.H. Your Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital. Open MondayFriday, 5pm-8am and 24 hours on Weekends and Holidays. • 677 Brevard Road. (828) 665-4399. www.reachvet.com

Lost Pets A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here: www.lostpetswnc.org ADOPT LOLLY! Female LOST ON CHARLOTTE AVE.: GOLDEN RETRIEVER/CHOW MIX We lost our Golden Retriever Chow Mix on Charlotte Ave. near Broad St. in W. Asheville. Please call if you have any information! 615-418-8560

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Domestic Shorthair/Mix 2 months I.D. #11103679. Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road • (828) 253-6807 www.ashevillehumane.org

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JONESY Jonesy is a friendly energetic 2 year-old boxer mix. He is a bit shy at first but warms up quickly. He is great with other dogs and kids. He is housebroken and crate trained. He just wants to play and to be friends. Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, located at 803 Fairview Street to shop for all your pet supplies and find out when you can meet Summer.

Vehicles For Sale

Automotive Services DIRTY CAR? Professional, affordable auto detailing in your driveway! • Highly experienced, meticulous. • Premium products. Call today: (828) 683-7785. www.mountaindetail.com

HAND SELECTED GARLIC SEED, PLANT NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER! Heirloom and Organic Vegetable, Herb and Flower Seed. 100%OpenPollinated (non-hybrid) varieties. Free catalog. 146 Church St, Asheville, NC, 28801 www.sowtrue.com 828 254-0708

General Merchandise 2006 PACE ARROW TRAILER • Hardly used, in perfect condition. $1,500, negotiable. Back double doors and side door. great buy. Call 337-1151. DRIED GOURDS AND ART SALE Sept. 25 from 8 am to 5 pm. Hundreds of dried gourds purchased from the Welburn Gourd Farm in Southern California for sale along with original art, framed art, prints, some art supplies. 34 Ridgeway Drive, Mars Hill. No early Birds. (828) 380-0788.

Sales

before you come. 808-0831.

THIS OLE CHURCH YARD SALE First Congregational UCC will hold a yard sale in the church Friendship Hall on Sat.Sept.25 from 8:00am 12:00 noon. Sale features furniture, housewares, children’s toys and children’s clothes. The church is located at 20 Oak St. beside the Buncombe County Health Dept. mrmitchahs@aol.com http://www.uccasheville.org/

Adult Services

A PERSONAL TOUCH Asheville. Ask about our “Hot Summer Specials! • East Asheville, Incall/outcall.

Yard Sales ANNUAL VERITAS FLEA MARKET Saturday, October 2, 8am-2pm, Veritas Christian Academy Gymnasium, 17 Cane Creek Road, Fletcher. • Corner of Hendersonville Road and Cane Creek. • Over 100 families have contributed, and items are priced to go! Shop for clothing, electronics, furniture, athletic equipment, toys, linens, housewares, books, and much more! Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please go to www.mountainx.com for additional listings. FALL FEST and RUMMAGE SALE Saturday, October 2, 10am-4pm. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1 School Road. Asheville, NC. Games, clown, face painting, magician, local musicians food and gently used items for sale (no clothing). Proceeds go to outreach and building maintenance.

713-9901.

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